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Ardagh Glass Packaging World Ocean day swim
10 June @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am SAST
The Ardagh Glass Packaging World Oceans Day Swim on June 10th is a long-distance ocean swim starting and finishing at the Durban Beach Club. Competitors have the option to choose between four distances: 800m, a mile or 1.6km, 3.2km or the main event, the 5km swim.
However, the purpose of the event is far more significant than simply an opportunity for sportsmen and women to enjoy their sport.
The swim is really for ocean lovers to have an event that is going to create awareness for plastic pollution. We want to raise awareness for the sport, but we also thought it would be fun to offer a longer swim in honour of World Ocean Day, and so help create an awareness about why we should protect the oceans.
This is an opportunity to showcase our beautiful ocean, but more than ever it is a way to highlight why it is so important to protect it. The ocean is faced with so much hardship, especially in Durban with sewerage, floods, plastic pollution, and marine life getting caught in the fishing nets and shark nets.
It is really valuable to have something like World Ocean Day, which is a global day that recognises the Ocean and recognises the importance of it in our lives, and be able to co-ordinate with that.
We have become so disconnected from the ocean, and use it as a rubbish dump. We need (invite) to get people to re-connect again, especially in Durban. Tourism is important to Durban and with that in mind we want to highlight why it is important to protect the Ocean. It has been so badly hit over the last two years that we need to come together as a united group to show why we want to fight to protect it.
The funds raised by the event will exclusively be used for education programmes and projects run by Breathe, a conservation non-profit organisation registered by Ferguson primarily to educate people about oceans and plastic pollution.
Entries for the Ardagh Glass Packaging World Oceans Day Swim are at roag.org and more information about Breathe can be found at breatheconservation.org