From Wednesday 29th October – Sunday 2nd November 2014 Hong Kong triathlete and marathon runner Bruce Pye and his coach, four-year DB resident Olivier Baillet, founder of the coaching company beyond the line - endurance coaching & consulting and also an experienced swimmer, embarked on a 75km swim along the coastline of Lantau Island to raise awareness of the impact of plastics on the South China Sea and its environs. Bruce and Olivier swam approximately 15km each day. The event started at Tai Pak beach in Discovery Bay, with Discovery Bay students and local residents participating in the sendoff. Bruce and Olivier's route took an anticlockwise direction with overnight stops at Luk Keng Bay, Tung Chung Bay, Tai O and Pui O before returning to Discovery Bay on Day 5.
The goals of this adventure were to: raise awareness of the issue of plastics in the South China Sea, undertake research looking at the plastic load in the South China Sea, and raise money for Plastic Free Sea’s Education and Research Sea Classroom which will be launched later this year.Plastic Free Seas held beach cleanups on Days 2, 3 and 4 with local schools and University students, residents, clubs, corporates and interested members of the public. The beaches were located at Tung Chung Bay, Fan Lau (south-western tip of Lantau Island) and Shui Hau Wan (near Tong Fuk). The first cleanup included talks by WWF and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, and the third cleanup included an art installation, a beautiful and colourful 'stream' created by local South Lantau artist Liina Klaus (liinaklauss.blogspot.hk) with the rubbish collected from the mangroves. On the final day in Discovery Bay, well-know French-Japanese environmentalist Cesar Herada trialled Protei (scoutbots.com), his sailing robot, coinciding with Bruce and Olivier's finish.
All the proceeds from this event will go to Plastic Free Seas (www.plasticfreeseas.org), a charity dedicated to educating children on plastic marine pollution. Fundraising will continue until the end of November.
When asked for his reaction
to the highly positive feedback he has received from the public, an excited
Bruce replied, “Plastic Free Seas is a wonderful organisation, teaching our
children about an issue that has always been very close to my heart. I’ve
always wanted to give back and this event is exactly that. We need to make sure
that the world we leave behind for our children is in a better state than when
we entered it.”
Businesses interested in making a donation to help support the first-of-its-kind in Hong Kong Sea Classroom can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.