It has been a whirlwind end of the year for Positive Change for Marine Life on the Gold Coast, as we capped off our first year of having a presence in the city with a fundraiser to support our Marine Conservation Masterplan, due to commence in southern India in 2018.
As many of our regular supporters would know, PCFML has always had an international focus. From our origins in Taiji, Japan, to a range of other programs that we have run over the years with a global focus. Our Honour the Ocean, India campaign, in the fishing village of Vizhinjam, is perhaps the most ambitious project we have undertaken to date. The village, less than a kilometre away from the popular tourist area of Kovalam, is facing a range of waste management and sustainability issues that have negatively impacted on both marine life and the community that relies upon the ocean for survival.
PCFML’s masterplan will help to transition this struggling community away from unsustainable practices toward the implementation of a world-class waste management system, whilst rehabilitating local estuaries and rivers and creating opportunities for sustainable long-term employment. During our recent crowdfunding campaign, we reached our goal of $25,000 to get our project off the ground in 2018. Our fundraiser held at Mandala & Co. on 22 November boosted our resource pool for the project and will help us to make a real difference.
For an organisation that is relatively new to the Gold Coast, having only commenced operations on the Coast at the start of 2017, it was inspiring to see such an incredible amount of support from the local community at this event. Along with our dedicated Gold Coast PCFML volunteers, locals rallied to contribute to our Marine Conservation Masterplan and learn more about what PCFML is doing to change the narrative around sustainability and conservation worldwide.
Our night of world music, great food and good vibes was made extra special by the musicians who gave their time for free to perform on the night. Luke Bennett from Byron Bay was, as ever sensational, and our supporters were treated to a rare performance of talented world musicians Peter Hunt of the band Kooii together with fusion extraordinaire Yeshe. A big thank you to these fantastic performers, who helped make the night what it was.
Many of our supporters also walked away with something special, with a great array of prizes available via auction and raffle. Local businesses and artists came through for us and supplied us with a range of awesome prizes from kayak tours, to surf lessons, to organic beauty pamper packs.
Of course, this fundraiser would not have been possible without the support of Mandala & Co., who generously gave their space and time to allow us to hold the event. Change is really made possible when organisations, businesses and community with aligned values work together to make events like these happen.
And last but not least, thank you to all of you that came out and contributed to this fundraising event – you have made a difference to a community that has the will to transition to sustainable practices and holds out hope toward a brighter future. We met a number of amazing people on the night, and it is great to see that there is a community on the Gold Coast that is ready to make a positive change, not just for marine life, but for our global brothers and sisters who are in need of a helping hand.