Friday, September 4, 2009

Region 1 Lions & Leos Joint Project for International Coastal Cleanup 2009

This project is held in conjunction with the annual international event coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest one-day volunteer effort to cleanup beaches.

Project: International Coastal Cleanup ( Penang ) 2009

Date :26th September 2009 (Saturday)

Time:8.00 am (assembly at Teluk Bahang Jetty)

Dress code: Club vest / Club T-shirt

We will provide refreshment and transportation.

Transportation Pick Up Station

1. USM -Sungai Dua Gate - 7:00am

2. Gurney P
laza- Sea View - 7:30am


0800 ~Arrival of participants to Teluk Bahang’s jetty.
Meet at the assembly point - Penang National Park’s esplanade

0830 ~ Participants depart (hiking or boat ride) to Centre For Marine & Coastal Studies
(CEMACS), Aling Bay

0900 ~ Arrive at Cleanup Site. Break into data collection teams. Distribute cleanup materials.
Allocate trash collection and weighing teams. Organizer & zone captain

0930 ~Welcome remarks by the director of CEMACS. Dr Khairun Yahya (Director, CEMACS,

0945 ~Briefing on Data Collection and Safety. Miss Alison Wee Kim Shan (ICCS, Singapore)
& Mr. Kumaradevan, (Science Officer, CEMACS, USM)

1000 ~ Starting of the coastal cleanup campaign.

1100 ~Everyone reports back to Trash Collection Point.

1115 ~Data collection & break. All teams to total up their data cards.
Data cards to be consolidated into a single card.
Weighing teams to tally the total amount of trash collected.

1145 ~ Debrief and/or Team Presentation. Short presentation on the findings for each team.
(e.g. Weirdest item found. Animals found/rescued. Most common item found).

1200 ~ Submit the collected debris data cards to the Zone Captain.

1215 ~ Show & tell – short briefing about the organisms & ecosystem at Teluk Aling.
Mr Omar Ahmad (Science Officer, CEMACS, USM)

1230 ~ Refreshment & Certificate of participation presentation. CEMACS dinning hall

1300 ~ Closing

Before Cleanup Day: For Participants

Be Green

1) Leave natural items alone on the beach.

These include driftwood, shells and coral, dead fish and crabs, mangrove seeds and seaweed.

2) Don’t pluck vegetation and avoid stepping on beach grass/ plants.

These plants bind the sand and prevent erosion, and also provide wildlife with food and homes.

3) Recycle used plastic bags to hold trash.

Old bags can be used, instead of brand new trash bags.

4) Don’t litter.

You are there to help remove litter, not to add more litter.

5) Save a bottle.

Bring along your own refillable water bottle.

For Your Safety

1) Keep away from any oil drums found.

These may contain dangerous liquids or poisonous vapours. Just report the total number and any labels seen to the coordinator. We will alert NEA about disposal.

2) Broken glass, fishing hooks, syringes and other sharp objects.

They are common on beaches. Some fishes like the stingray have a sharp, poisonous spine.

3) Always use your gloves to pick up things.

4) Do not open any bottles you find; they may contain poison.

5) Take care of your back!

Have a friend to help you lift heavy things together. If it is too heavy, let it be!

6) Avoid bushy areas, as there may be hornet nests.

7) When there is lightning and thunder, stop work immediately and seek shelter.

8) Drink enough water to prevent heat stroke.

What to bring? What to wear?

1) Wear shoes. No Slippers or sandals.

2) Wear a cap and put on some sun-block lotion (> SPF 15).

3) Use insect repellent against mosquitoes and sandflies.

4) Bring along a poncho or raincoat.

After the cleanup, spread the word. Tell friends, teachers and family members about what you did and what you learned.

For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:

RCC Ong Lai Peng 012-4788335

or OC Leo Vincent Khor 016-4677225

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