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EDO Qld talks #swimforthereef

14 January, 2016

Wondering what Swim For The Reef is all about? Hear it all for CEO/Solicitor and swimmanthon participant Jo-Anne Bragg

EDO Qld will host a swimathon, Swim For The Reef, at Musgrave Park Pool, South Brisbane on 23 January, to raise funds to continue our successful work with the Great Barrier Reef!

If you are wondering what Swim For The Reef is all about, sit back and enjoy the following Q&A with our CEO/Solicitor – and swimathon participant-in-training – Jo-Anne Bragg.

Why are you hosting a swimathon for the Reef?

We love the Great Barrier Reef and we want to see the Reef and all the marine creatures protected. Plus we want to see clean, green long-term jobs in tourism and fishing.

As your lawyers for the environment, we are raising money to fight for laws that value nature and include meaningful community rights. We also want to run more successful court cases to protect the Reef from some of its greatest threats including dumping of dredge spoil and bad developments.

Plus, it’s all tax deductible!

Why is EDO Qld's work with Reef important?

The Reef is under threat from excessive development, poor water quality from agricultural run-off, crown of thorn starfish and climate change.

We have seen the importance of EDO lawyers when they ran court cases for conservation groups successfully challenging proposed dredge spoil dumping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Usually community groups can’t afford lawyers, so non-profit lawyers are so important for Reef protection.

How will the money raised be used?

All funds raised will go directly to the work of EDO Qld, your lawyers for the environment who are driven by a passion for justice and a love of nature.

At EDO Qld, we’re good at making a dollar stretch. In the past, money raised for the Reef has helped us legally represent three conservation groups in separate court cases. These cases contributed to the historic new ban on dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

EDO Qld also voices your concerns to government and provides valuable legal input to documents including the Reef 2050 Plan and the WWF annual report to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Tell us about the swimathon?

Swim for the Reef is a team event and you can form a team and register via the EDO Qld website here. Pick a groovy name, like the Whale Riders or Deadly Dolphins or any Reef inspired name you like. Or just register yourself and we will find you a team. Then start fundraising! ...On 23 January at Musgrave Park South Brisbane your team will then swim as many laps as possible between midday and midnight.

What can people expect if they participate?

Plenty of fun, especially if you think up a good Reef inspired costume. Your team will need to work out how to plan the swimming. So for example maybe you swim for half an hour then your team member hits the water and you recline with some watermelon. We will also have 'kids hour' with prizes for young children in the shallow pool.

Why should people participate?

You can have fun, be creative and physically active and help raise money protect the Great Barrier Reef at the same time. Participation says that you love the Reef and are prepared to do something about it. Putting your body into action to protect the Reef.

What else can people do to help?

We would love it if you could us spread the word to friends, on social media and in the workplace. You can also donate to teams or directly to our Reef fund.

EDO Qld has a team. Of other registered teams to date, who do you think will be your strongest competition?

It’s a tough call. We’re all winners if we can help the Reef. Still, we shouldn't underestimate Turtley Awesome or the Wobbegongs who both deserve a huge shout out for their amazing fundraising efforts. Together they have raised more than $2,000 and are currently neck and neck, with Turtley Awesome having raised $1,030 and Wobbegongs $981!

More information

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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