We were thrilled to have such a tremendous amount of support and over 300 volunteers attend our first cleanup in this area. Our team was joined by 318 passionate individuals from all ages who came out to make a difference. Officials from the City of Cocoa Beach, Keep Brevard Beautiful, and Balance for Earth all attended the event ready to help out their local community. We were even joined by over 100 students from Discovery Middle School who came all the way from Orlando to help make a positive impact at this cleanup. All together, with everyone's help, we were able to remove hundreds of pounds of trash from the coastline before it had a chance to make its way into the ocean. The most common items we found at the cleanup were plastic water bottles, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. We even found a broken down soda can that had expired in 2003. Imagine how long that had been in the environment!
The cleanup took place on May 12th, the day before Mother's Day. We were happy to see many mothers with their children out on the beach helping to clean. We would like to feature some of those mothers and their children and thank them for the difference they helped to make and for being such a great example for the future generation of ocean warriors and advocates - their children! Thank you to everyone else who attended the cleanup as well. It would have not been as successful as it was without all of your hard work and devotion!
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.