This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.
The Trawangan Dive and Gili Eco Trust ‘Finathon & Triathlon’ challenge saw 200 people cheering and placing bets as participants undertook an 800 metre ocean swim, 7.9km cycle ride and 5.6km run. Volunteers gave 50 local Indonesian children the opportunity to learn to swim, with face painting and hand printing to celebrate this special World Oceans Day Finathon. There was also a mural construction of the trash collected along the beach.
“Most local dive centers and local businesses competed in the event and everyone did a fantastic job raising money for our favourite cause,” said Holly Macleod, PADI Couse Director.
Live music by Jah on Holiday, S2B and Ray d’Sky kicked off the evening celebrations with a fire show and cocktail flaring. The auction was the main fundraiser, prizes included a full PADI IDC package, a full IDC Staff Instructor Course package and a PADI BioRock Distinctive Speciality Course. The raffle prizes were also drawn and vouchers given to the lucky winners.
Thanks to all the participants, organisers and supporters of this FINtastic event. Scuba divers are swimming to end finning from now through to July to raise awareness. From swimming pools to ocean relays, triathlons to wacky races it’s a real festival of Finathons!
Much needed funds will help Project AWARE:
- Fight to stop shark finning
- Insist on full protections for critically endangered sharks
- Negotiate strong policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks.
If you’re FINatical about sharks organize a Finathon, solo swim or join an event near you to fundraise for shark protection.
Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved.