With a motor cruiser of around 30ft, like the one in the main picture, we are planning to tour the coast of the UK to raise awareness of the plastics, fishing-line and netting that are polluting our seas, its effects, and how to combat it.
The boat will have diesel engines that will run on vegetable oil/biodiesel. My mechanical and electrical experience will enable us to purchase a boat in need of some work which I will complete to keep costs to an absolute minimum, and allowing us to buy a decent sized vessel for a lower price.
With display boards, a Powerpoint projector, flyers, etc and regular podcasts on our progress, we will help people to understand that it is up to all of us to stop wherever possible the use of single use plastics and other pollutants, and ensure they cannot find their way into our rivers and oceans. We aim to coincide whenever possible our activities with seaside events, such as the Airbourne Airshow in Eastbourne and the Southampton International Boat Show.
We also want to use the boat for short pleasure trips to help raise money for the general upkeep, insurance and berthing costs. We will also be calling upon the generosity and support of harbours and ports to help us with our quest wherever possible.
I believe that getting out onto the water and experiencing its majesty, seeing the diversity of life such as harbour seals and porpoises that can often be found just off the south coast, can greatly help people to connect with the seas around them.
In the past I have raised money for different local charities, Eastbourne District General Hospital as well as homeless charities, with marathon events and clothing collections.
I now want to dedicate time towards the issue of plastic pollution because it is an issue that all of us can contribute towards fighting.
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