It was a great sunny day in White Rock as three dozen volunteers combed the shoreline, clearing away garbage and debris. Ranging from building materials covered in seaweed to rusty ship bolts, there was plenty of waste to be taken away. Of course there were plenty of the “normal” items you would expect to see on the shoreline such as bottles, cans, bags, cups and other items we see everyday.
About 24 members of the Surrey based Kary Movers Ltd staff and family of the employees, in addition to about a dozen volunteers from the general public came out and had a great time while helping out environment. Even half of a ping pong table was found. It makes us all wonder the distance which some of this stuff may have travelled before washing up on our shores. It could even be from the Tsunami but we will probably never know. What we do know is that the beach is much cleaner than when we arrived. Not only does it look nicer, but it also reduced the risk to our marine life and other animals that live and feed along the shoreline.
The day started with complimentary coffee and Timbits from Tim Horton’s. As everyone explored the shoreline for not only waste but also checking out the marine life members of the public were able to stop by the table to also enjoy a free coffee, some free swag such as reusable shopping bags courtesy of Semiahmoo Mall, Pens and post-it note pads from Kary Movers among other give away items. When the volunteers came back in, each received a special goody bag and each of which had a special prize inside. Through the generosity of local businesses and local musician, Jim Abbott (aka The Septic Sam Project www.septicsam.com) every volunteer received a prize. The donors and prizes were as follows;
2 tickets to the Museum of Anthropology @ UBC
2 pairs of home game tickets to the Abbotsford Heat Hockey Game
2 x $50. Gift Certificates for C&K Courtesy Dry Cleaners
T-Shirts, Pens and Truck shaped Post-It Note pads from Kary Movers Ltd (plus Kary Movers organized this location event and collected all prizes and contributions)
2012 Collector Playoff Hockey Puck from our Vancouver Canucks
4 BC Lions hats and 4 BC Lions scarves courtesy of the BC Lions
2 Septic Sam T-Shirts and 14 New Release CD EP’s (You can hear Jim’s new radio release at www.septicsam.com)
$20. Gift Card for Oakridge Centre Courtesy of Oakridge Centre
100 reusable shopping bags courtesy of Semiahmoo Shopping Centre
One of the most common items removed from the shorelines across Canada are plastic shopping bags. It was great to be able to not only give away a bag to each of the volunteers but also to members of the public and tourists walking the boardwalk. It helped to engage the public in conversation about the shoreline cleanup and how they can also help to improve our environment through community cooperation. We hope that not only will tourists remember their first Tim Horton’s coffee and Timbits as a part of Canadian culture but also see that they can start shoreline cleanup events in their own community when they return home.
Jim was also on hand helping out at the cleanup in addition to autographing CD’s and T-Shirts.
It was a great day and although it will be a few weeks before we can provide the stats for this years’ cleanup here are some of the stats from last years cleanup events. More in depth stats and figures are available by provincial breakdown at www.shorelinecleanup.ca. We have posted pictures of today’s event in white Rock’s West Beach on the Kary Movers Ltd Facebook page which you can get to from the link on the www.karymovers.com website. Hi-res photos are available to the media by emailing, email@example.com.
Canada’s Dirty Dozen List For 2012
Number of Items Collected
Beverage Bottles (plastic) 2 liters or less
Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons
Beverage Bottles (glass)