TAKE 3 Surf Life Saving Clubs Initiative
In December 2014 Umina SLSC signed up for the TAKE 3 Surf Life Saving Clubs Initiative. The ‘Take 3’ message is simple: take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference. It’s a perfect fit for Surf Life Saving Clubs.
The Take 3 SLSC Initiative works with Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC’s) around NSW and Australia to educate about marine debris, spread the Take 3 message and inspire the broader population to become active in reducing waste, litter and plastic pollution.
The program aims to be a fun and mutually beneficial experience that allows SLSC’s to increase efforts in protecting the environment, enhance the role of SLSC’s and their members in the local community and contribute to a growing global movement in protecting oceans and wildlife from plastic pollution.
On Jan 23rd this year, TAKE 3’s Co-Founder Tim Silverwood and Project Manager Sarah Beard, held an introductory session at the club with the under 11’s to 13’s at the end of a huge day on the beach at the annual nippers camp. The kids enjoyed a few short films about the impacts of marine debris and learned how they as nippers can make a difference and how the project will work within in their club.
Within the club, Take 3 Surf Life Saving Program, will be facilitated by a Senior Ambassador, Nick Shepherd and a Junior Ambassador Oliver Shepherd who will work directly with Sarah from TAKE 3 to oversee the project roll out. Nick will work with Patrol Vice Captains and patrol members and Oliver will work with the age managers and nippers.
TAKE 3 will be delivering “Tool Kits” to the club consisting of educational packages, films, games, collection assets, and merchandise, in time for the 2015/2016 nippers season. In the meantime, mini beach clean ups on nippers days and a big beach club wide clean up are in planning.