On Saturday morning July 9th, Surfrider Foundation and our NYC Chapter partnered with Barefoot Wine, to kick-off a very successful event in Rockaway Beach New York as part of World Beach Rescue Day. This was one of many beach clean-ups that were happening in over 14 countries all over the world, to ensure our beaches are kept “Barefoot Friendly”.
Our plans for the day included a cleanup on Beach 92nd Street in Rockaway Park between 11am and 1pm. This was followed by an after party sponsored by Barefoot Wine at the local Bungalow Bar on the Bay side of the street.
Our members and the volunteers began to show up as early as 9am to help set up for the event. The Surfrider Foundation, NYC Chapter members, volunteers, and our partner Barefoot Wine amounted to over a few hundred volunteers. Many of these volunteers had never been to the beach and got the opportunity to learn about our organization’s message.
The Surfrider Foundation’s CEO, Chad Nelsen, attended the event and shared some inspiring words as he addressed the eager crowd of volunteers. With stormy skies in the forecast, the weather held up and we as a group were able to collect over 500 pounds of plastic materials and trash on our public beaches.
There was an incredible vibe of camaraderie and accomplishment as we combined our reusable bags into three large twine woven trash bags. Our very thoughtful Barefoot Wine partner purchased 19 surfboards attaching letters to spell out “World Beach Rescue Day”. Holding up these surfboards, we were able to take a massive group picture from a distance showcasing smiles and some really good work.
Barefoot Wine generously donated these surfboards to the NYC Chapter and we have some really exciting ideas for their upcoming use. The whole day was a success and there was good reason to celebrate at the after party. Many thanks to everyone involved who helped make a difference in our community. We encourage everyone to continue with their efforts to make every day World Beach Rescue Day!