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Redang Island Clean Up Day 2010 picks up 237 crown of thorns

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Redang Island Clean Up Day 2010 picks up 237 crown of thorns

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:14 pm

EVERY year, several divers and beach bums head out to Redang Island, Terengganu to do what they love best – but at the same time give something back to the ocean.

This is called the "Redang Island Clean-up Day" (RICD), organised by Berjaya Hotels & Resorts which operates the five-star Berjaya Redang.

This year’s three-day event recently saw divers removing discards from corals and the seabed and non-divers cleaning up beaches at popular snorkeling sites.

While Berjaya staff and executives as well as journalists made up the bulk of the clean-up crew, celebrities such as Elaine Daly, Tan Chung Liang, Jehan Miskin, Dawn Jeremiah, Azura Zainal, Chermaine Poo and Tony Eusoff were also on hand to do their bit.

They were joined by another avid diver, Datuk Robin Tan, chairman of Berjaya Media which owns theSun.

By the end of the programme, 237 crown-of- thorns were removed during the dive clean-up, while more than 50 bags of rubbish – comprising plastic bags, cigarette butts and beverage cans were collected from the beaches. Each bag can hold up to 10kg.

The event was also participated by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and formed part of PADI’s Project AWARE, for undersea life conservation.

About 250 pupils of SK Pulau Redang were also presented with goodies sponsored by Emerson Process Management. But the highlight of the visit for the children was an appearance by child star Fimie Dom. A photography workshop and competition followed by a gala dinner rounded up this year’s event.

"RICD 2010 is a platform to prove that by gathering many hands, we can change the current state of our ecosystem and make it better," said director of marketing & communications, Abel Nelson Nang.

"Engaging and adopting the ‘Loving Earth’ commitment is one of Berjaya Hotels & Resorts’ contentment," he said.

Nang said that every year about seven billion tons of debris enter the world’s oceans, killing nearly a million birds and 100,000 marine animals, including dolphins, whales and sea turtles which choke or get entangled in debris.

"For example, in 2008, a staggering 3,216,991 cigarette/cigarette filters and 1,377,141 plastic bags were collected," he said, adding that Berjaya Hotels & Resorts also donated RM5,000 to the PADI Project AWARE Foundation.

Participants of RICD 2010 were also presented with goodies from Starbucks, Papa John’s, 7-Eleven, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park and Sports Toto.

Other sponsors were U Mobile, Scuba Symphony and Berjaya Air.
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Re: Redang Island Clean Up Day 2010 picks up 237 crown of thorns

Post Number:#2  Postby EddySmellyFish » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:45 pm

Congratulations to such a successful event! However, how i wish visitors will have access to this such great news as well as creating awareness among them, since the source of problem are from them...
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