posted on December 17, 2016 03:37
Some times I find it really hard writing these blogs, trying to remove my personal opinions from my professional. Yet at other times, the two need to blend. Today is one such day where the two need blend.
You see, I am so very very proud of the amazing network of volunteers and sponsors we have at 3199 Frankston Beach Patrol and as a resident, I have to say despite my involvement, it is really reassuring to know that our community has such passion and commitment such as what I saw today - 35 volunteers, 11 businesses and 1 local Government all combining to help remove 73Kgs of litter from Frankston's main foreshore. On top of that, we were also honoured to be allowed to use Coast Guard Frankston's VF1 HQ to host our Christmas BBQ and even more lucky to have a number of Coast Guard volunteers give up their time to prepare and cook the food for us. This is the greatest showing of a community working together for a much greater cause and I feel I am so lucky and fortunate to be a part of this wonderful City that is Frankston.
Taking in to account today's effort, that takes our total weight of litter removed for 2016 to 593Kgs As I said earlier though, we could not have done that though with the support of so many people, most importantly, our volunteers. These people give up their time to come down to the beach, even on days like today where it was blowing a gale, and help pick up litter which is not their own. They face many hazards from minor cuts to needle jabs and even risk infection when it comes to picking up such things as dog faeces. Does this bother them? Well, although I can not speak for each and every member personally, I know they just want to help our community and more importantly, our marine environment and that is why they do it month after month. There was even a time there where one of our volunteers came and clean one day, then had a kidney transplant the next. That is commitment and that is why I am so very proud of each and every one of them.
Then there is our sponsors, without who's financial support, we could not have achieved the things we have in such a short space of time, especially when you consider we are only 19 months old. Frankston City Council, Bunnings Frankston, Fit Body Fit Mind, The Dharma Hub, Section G12 maintenance & construction, Cignall Frankston, Peninsula Surf Centre, Peninsula Camera Centre, Snap Frankston, MicMacs Oriental Grocer, Foot Street Newsagency ̃ Lotto and our newest sponsor to join our team, Braaap Frankston. These organisations have been instrumental to our success, some of them with us from the very start and others having come on board along the way. But regardless of when they put their hand up to help us out, they are with us and we cannot thank them enough for their support.
We have so much planned for 2017 and I am sure we are going to break the 600Kg mark, the milestone we have set for ourselves in 2016, although I would like to think before the end of next year, people have learnt to be more responsible for their litter but I think the reality is, the minority won't. Either way, we will be there bigger, and better!
Before I go, I just want to wish everyone a very safe and merry Christmas, have a wonderful new year and I can not wait to see you back for our first clean up 2017 at 9am on Saturday, 21st of January, meeting at the path at the end of Wells St just near Waves on the Beach/Frankston Life Saving Club.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
3199 Frankston Beach Patrol