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2004 I Love Okinawa Campaign Seeks Volunteers

Date Posted: 2004-03-04

If you’re looking to have a positive impact and give back to Okinawa, this is your chance: The 2004 I love Okinawa Campaign is about to kick-off! The Okinawa International Clean Beach Club (O.I.C.B.C.) is actively seeking volunteers to participate in this years’ campaign by cleaning one or more beaches on Okinawa.

Ten clean-ups have been scheduled on the third Sunday of each month at several locations throughout the island. Each clean-up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and will include a fun and exciting after-clean-up activity.

The I Love Okinawa Campaign officially starts every year on March 5—the date designated as Coral Day by the Okinawa Prefecture Diving Safety Council. The first event takes place on March 7. It includes a clean-up of Cape Maeda in Onna Village and an environmental assessment which includes a check for Crown of Thorn starfish and buoy-mooring to ensure boaters don’t damage coral reefs by dropping anchor at the wrong place. Afterwards, the campaign will kick-off in style at the Sunday Beach Bash! Ten tickets to this event will be raffled off to participating volunteers. The Sunday Beach Bash will feature musical groups Real Five Disco, Daddy P, and God Making. Admission to the Beach Bash is ¥1,500 and includes one drink. For more information, check out GrooveSeeker at www.gsv2.com.

The I Love Okinawa Campaign is a whole year event. For more information about this year’s campaign, check out www.okinawaocean.org, email info@okinawaocean.org, or call/fax (098)965-5371. Make friends, have fun, and give back to the beautiful island of Okinawa by participating in this year’s I Love Okinawa Campaign.

2004 Scheduled Cleanups (Date, Place, After Clean-Up Activity)

Mar. 7, Cape Maeda (Onna), Sunday Beach Bash
Mar. 21, Eibo’s Beach (Yomitan), Curry Party
Apr. 18, Kayo Beach (Nago), Kayaking & Camping
May 16, Senaha Beach (Yomitan), Pot-Luck Picnic
Jun. 20, Kuraha Beach (Onna), Yuimaru/ICC Workshop, Yuimaru Awards Ceremony
Jul. 18-19, Miyagi Beach (Yonabaru), Ryukyu Underground Dance Party
Aug. 15, Yokuta Beach (Onna), Maeda Sea Turtle Club Workshop
Sep. 18-19, Island Wide Cleanup Yuimaru (ICC), Concert/Party/Yacht Race
Sep. 18, Underwater Cleanup, Sunabe Miyagi Coast, PADI Project A.W.A.R.E.
Sep. 19, Underwater Cleanup, Cape Maeda (Onna)
Oct. 17, Sedake Beach (Nago), Barbeque
Nov. 21, Ishikawa Beach (Ishikawa), Pot-Luck Picnic

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