Sometime a go a group of volunteers from Coromandel did a beach cleanup for their local Pre-School.
The amount of rubbish was really quite alarming.
Since that time these people have been slowly cleaning up the rubbish that find its way to our foreshore.
This includes plastic/nylon/mussel farm ropes and ties/domestic rubbish or all types.
The volunteers have been great, but now the cost of these clean-ups is getting out of control.
The big items are expensive to pick up and dispose of. The reality of fuel costs for boats and vehicles as well as cost of disposal has now made an effective clean up impossible. So a lawyer has given his time and set up a charitable trust for us called The Hauraki Gulf Users Group.
It has taken almost two years to get to this point. The first order of business for the new trust is some funds for rubbish bags and fuel costs for volunteers.
This will keep the kids busy and off the play stations. Also it is hoped to get a prospectus printed and time on the road to gather corporate donations as the charity is fully tax deductible.
You can give to us through the Give a Little site, under the Environment section and they will send you a tax receipt.
The goal is to clean the beaches and water ways of the Hauraki Gulf and then educate the kids that it is kind of fun to spend a day at the beach and rather than leave rubbish behind you can go beach combing and take some home.
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