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The call is out for people to take to the water and become a voice for the whales at Paddle Out for Whales next Saturday, 19 July.
This year, sporting and community groups are being encouraged to register as a group entry and join in as the Fraser Coast stages Australia’s largest anti-whaling demonstration, as part of a peaceful national day of action.
Fraser Coast Opportunities Events Manager Kim Griffith said Paddle Out for Whales was free to take part in.
“To join in, all you need is something to float on. It can be a kayak, stand-up paddle board, outrigger, dragon boat, a makeshift raft or other kind of safe floatation device,” she said.
“Just pre-register at http://www.whalesherveybay.com.au/or register on the day and you too can become a voice for the whales,” she said.
“Those who don’t wish to paddle out can still register to dip their feet into the water from the shoreline – it still counts,” Ms Grifftith said.
The Paddle Out event will run from 2pm to 3pm, with paddlers gathering on the beach in front of Enzo’s on the Beach at Scarness.
“They will then take to the water forming a circle to hold a one-minute silence as they roll with the waves reflecting on the threats whales still face – including whaling, ship strikes and noise pollution.”
Flowers will be released into the water throughout the ceremony representing the whales slaughtered in Australia’s declared southern whale sanctuary this past hunting season.
Paddle Out for Whales will be supported by a full day of environmental workshops, sand sculptures, live music and guest speakers at Ocean of Fun Fest on the Scarness Foreshore from 10am, and will end with an impressive fireworks display over the ocean around 6 pm.
“The day will be about people coming together to celebrate the whales, to learn about these wonderful creatures and the plight they face, to raise awareness about whale research projects and to provide an opportunity for people to actively do something for their conservation,” Ms Griffith said.
Around 700 paddlers and supporters took part in last year’s Paddle Out, and organisers are hoping even more people will show their support for the whales this year.
For details go to http://www.whalesherveybay.com.au/
For media enquiries contact:
David Spear, General Manager
Fraser Coast Opportunities Ltd.
Ph: 07 4191 2600 or 0427 524 215