Saturday, September 28, 2013

Our Daily Ocean: Day 202

Back in 2010, months before I started this beach cleanup project, I  became aware of a local nonprofit called Ocean Cure that did free charity surf camps for at risk youth and those who are medically fragile.  Impressed by the idea, I (along with my husband) quickly signed up to volunteer.  We didn't know the founders... we didn't know anyone else volunteering.  But it was something that we felt so inspired by that we knew we wanted to support Ocean Cure in any way that we could.
A few months after our first volunteering experience with Ocean Cure, we became fast friends with the founder-- Kevin.  We quickly learned that Kevin is the type of person who gives without expectation... and he gives so much of his time and energy to helping those who normally couldn't get in the water the opportunity to do so.  AND... his nonprofit Ocean Cure does it for free.

Ocean Cure measures their success by the smiles they create.  And let me tell you... they are definitely succeeding!   
But, they don't just do free surf camps for those in need!  They also participate in and organize beach and waterway cleanups!  I love that Ocean Cure understands and acts on the knowledge that in order to enjoy our beaches and oceans, we need to keep them clean, protect them and nourish them!  Because Ocean Cure encompasses philanthropy and environmentalism... they are definitely my favorite local nonprofit!  If you'd like to volunteer, participate, donate or just learn more about Ocean Cure... please take the time to check out their website and go "like" them on Facebook.

20 minutes on September 24, 2013 at Access 39
Litter by weight: 2.3 oz
Cigarette butts: 49

Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 202 days: