Weʼre raising £10,000 to Asociación Ondine: Marine Conservation of the Balearic sea
- London, UK
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Man-made pollution in the world’s seas is increasing. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
Asociación Ondine's mission is to remove plastics from the ocean and to teach communities to make better choices for sustainable living. Their statement 'to enable the Balearic sea to recover its rich biodiversity and to thrive in harmony with a prospering, environmentally conscious and proactive local population', encourages development without the expense of the environment.
In June 2018 two women who are passionate about saving our seas attempt a world record to be the first people to circumnavigate Mallorca entirely by SUP (stand-up-paddleboard). Cat Friend (British, 28) and Valerie Bisbal (Spanish, 41) will paddle the entire 555km coastline after months of planning and training; a journey that will take over a month. With kit in drybags strapped to their boards the two will camp for the duration - leaving from and paddling back to Soller, on the North of the island. Support vehicles will meet them in certain spots for safety and to replenish supplies. The challenge will be a test of physical and mental endurance.
Their mission from Soller to Soller is to raise as much money and awareness for ocean pollution as possible. All proceeds go directly to Asociación Ondine where it will be put into projects that combine science, local communities and conservation to protect and improve the marine ecosystems around the Balearic Islands.
Last year Asociación Ondine removed 2.2 tonnes of rubbish from Mallorca’s beaches and 600m of ghost nets from the surrounding seas. Please donate and help them continue the good work!
Follow the girls in their run-up to and during the expedition on instagram @sollertosoller
Thank you! Gracias!
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May 21, 2018
May 20, 2018
Good luck girls, great project, great cause!
May 14, 2018
Best of luck with it all. We think you are a bit crazy - but for a good cause. Geoff, Alex, Millie and Bea x
May 13, 2018
You go girlz
May 9, 2018
Are you sure about this?In that case, have a great um ... paddle!
May 4, 2018
Good luck girls, I am lucky enough to enjoy many summers spent boating and swimming in the beautiful Mallorcian waters and think you are doing an amazing challenge for a very worthwhile cause.
Coleman Douglas Pearls
May 3, 2018
What a FABULOUS cause! We are with you all the way.
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Cat Friend and Valerie Bisbal; one British, one Spanish - attempt to paddle around the island of Mallorca 555km to raise money and awareness for Asociacion Ondine. A journey that could take over a month.
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