Great news for our waterways! Our long-time supporters and ‘Gold’ sponsors KEEN have awarded our Love Your Water program this winter with a $10,000 grant as part of its fan-activated KEEN Effect program. Designed to support projects that fuel people’s passion for protecting the environment and promoting responsible outdoor participation, the 2015 Spring KEEN Effect cycle received more than 800 applications. KEEN awarded seven, $10,000 grants to organisations around the world, and Sustainable Coastlines is proud to be one of them, now for the second year running!
We work hard to inspire, educate and enable people to look after the places we love. Through KEEN’s generous support, along with many other helping hands, this winter we will travel to Northland, Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury and Otago to work on riparian restoration projects — planting trees alongside waterways — to help clean up the streams and rivers we love.
As an integral part of this program we will also train people from businesses, community groups, councils and schools to use the educational and engagement methods that we have proven effective, through Presentation Delivery and Event Management workshops. Without KEEN’s support — and the support of organisations like them — these types of programmes simply would not be possible.
“At KEEN, we believe spending time outdoors is a key element to build strong communities and a healthier planet. The KEEN Effect was designed to help fund the hard-working non-profits that enable others to enjoy the outdoors,” said Kirsten Blackburn, KEEN’s Giving Marketing Specialist.
KEEN has strived to be a company that cares for the outdoor community since it was founded ten years ago. KEEN believes in the power of a brand to inspire others to create positive change. This belief reflects the foundation of its corporate giving program, Hybrid.Care, which honours its employees’ commitment to volunteerism, supports its local community, and embraces corporate responsibility. Since 2004, it has distributed more than $8 million in cash and resources to non-profit organisations around the globe. Kudos to KEEN, we say!