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Sea Fest 2012: Family fun at Mulberry Grove, Sunday 29 Jan

posted Jan 14, 2012, 6:00 PM by Admin Moderator   [ updated Jan 14, 2012, 6:01 PM ]

Do you and your children enjoy the sea as much as we do? Well then you want to be sure to bring everyone down to Mulberry Grove School on Anniversary weekend Sunday at 10AM. There will be aquatic activities, competitions and just play time throughout the day – in, on and by the water. Snacks and refreshments will also be available if you are having a day off and don’t bring your own lunch.

The Sea Education Aotea Trust is organizing the first of what will hopefully become a regular event, the “Anniversary Weekend Sea Fest”. The purpose is to promote the work of SEA, i.e. safe enjoyment of the sea for families.

Through raising interest and through sponsorship, the event aims to support the work of the trust in developing skills, safety awareness and respect for the sea, primarily of school age children at Mulberry Grove School and elsewhere on the island. And in particular, by raising the profile of the trust, more volunteers will hopefully gain interest to become actively involved in the New Year.

The Sea Fest will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday the 29th of January and carry on through lunch until 2 p.m. or so. The planned programme includes sailing regattas, an ocean kayak competition for singles and doubles, a paddle race with the new soft boards the S.E.A. Trust has obtained for the Aotea Boardrider’s surf school, excursions with the Coastguard Rescue Vessel, as well as time to take a kayak out or have a go at sailing an Optimist dinghies. Volunteers will be there to help with all that, including Waterwise trainers, ABC instructors and Coastguard personnel. If you are ready to get involved yourself with any of these groups, this is the time to find out more.

Volunteers are still needed for the day, can you help? Contact Rendt Gorter on 585, trustee Hilde Hoven on 876 or mention it to the MGS principal, Ally Gibbs.

The Sea Fest 2012 is sponsored by the Great Barrier Local Board through an allocation of funding from the Auckland Council Community Grants Fund. The Waterwise sailing education programme of the trust is possible thanks to a grant from the NZ Lotteries Board. Thank you.