What an incredible day! A committed 70 people came out on a Thursday to help clean up more than 3000 litres of rubbish from New Brighton Beach, sponsored by Corona and Fly My Pretties!
The day was opened and mood set with a Mihi and Karakia from Teoti, then everyone signed in, grabbed their bags and reusable gloves and got stuck in. The Corona crew were on hand with their landrover to help move rubbish and raise awareness of the issues facing our beaches. Two of the Fly My Pretties band came along and got stuck into the cleanup as well, doing a great job and raising the profile of the whole event. The top 40 registered participants got tickets to the Fly My Pretties concert and anyone who missed out on that was offered two-for-one tickets. A massive reward for a fantastic effort. We have a great relationship with the community at New Brighton who love their beach!
Evan Smith of ReNew Brighton and Sylvia Smith from the Strategic Urban Rejuvenation Force (S.U.R.F) were there helping out with the sausage sizzle and everyone left feeling full and happy. A huge thanks goes out to Jason Roberts of Christchurch city council who was there helping with rubbish pickup, the BBQ and making the day run safely and smoothly. After a quick rubbish audit and clean-up, we headed over to the Issac Theatre Royal to enjoy the incredible music collective ‘Fly My Pretties’ and a nice cold Corona. What a day!
Sustainable Coastlines has partnered with our friends from Corona and Fly My Pretties, to help clean-up Christchurch’s beloved New Brighton Beach on Thursday 12 January 2017. Thanks to Corona, the first 40 clean-up volunteers will receive tickets to the Fly My Pretties concert at the Isaac Theatre Royal the same evening. All volunteers need to register first, please do so through the form below.
Look for the big blue Sustainable Coastlines flags near the New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, just north of the pier, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. We’ll be providing food for returning volunteers from 1.00pm. Rubbish sacks, gloves and health and safety information will be provided – all you need to do is sign in, collect clean-up equipment and get stuck in!
Fly My Pretties will also be lending a hand on the day so this is a great opportunity to work alongside them as we all do our part in keeping our coastlines the way they should be: litter free.
With great local support from the ReNew Brighton the Strategic Urban Rejuvenation Force (SURF) and the New Brighton community we are looking forward to giving some love back to this beautiful stretch of coast. Come one, come all, see you there!
PHOTO CREDIT: Kurt McManus Photography