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Recycle your swimming caps at the Coogee Island Challenge

Since the start of the 2013/2014 Ocean swimming season, around 20,000 swimming caps have been handed out to competitors at the various ocean swims in NSW. If you are a regular ocean swimmer, it doesn’t take too long before you have more caps than you know what to do with. Some may be used again in the pool, and some given to friends and family, but the vast majority of these caps will end up in land-fill having spent most of the season at the bottom of your swimming bag.

This year at the 2014 Coogee Island Challenge, we are running a swimming cap amnesty. Bring down your old caps that you no longer use, or donate after your swim, and we will save your caps from an ignominious end in land-fill or as rubbish scattered on the beach. There are no companies that recycle swimming caps, mostly made of latex or silicone, so the collected caps will be donated to the following organisations for re-use (which is better than recycling anyway):


·   The Frugal Forest is a One Off Makery project, supported by Midwaste, the Australia Council for the Arts and Glasshouse Port Macquarie. Drawing in artists, musicians, scientists, community, business and industry, we aim to build an intricately detailed forest entirely from salvage. Why? Because nothing is wasted in the forest, and we could really learn from that. For more information, to watch the project unfold, donate your junk or to get involved: http://frugalforest.oneoffmakery.net.au/

·    Reverse Garbage is Australia’s largest creative reuse centre, committed to diverting resources from landfill – approximately 35,000 cubic metres or 100 football fields’ worth per year. Almost 40 years from its founding, Reverse Garbage is now an internationally recognised, award-winning environmental co-operative committed to promoting sustainability through the reuse of resources, as well as providing support to other community, creative and educational organisations.  For more information: http://reversegarbage.org.au/

·    Various Council Pools to be used by those needing a cap on the day.

 

Where: Coogee Island Challenge Ocean Swim, Coogee Beach

Where: The oceanswims.com tent

When: 13 April 8.30-11:30am

 

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Trophy Sponsorship

The below sponsorship document outlines some of the many awards the club provides its young members, patrolling members and competitors. Please consider supporting the important way this club recognises the contributions and achievements of its members at the end of each season.

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Inner Reef Club

As the Inner Reef Club (IRC) will be starting in the next couple of weeks, we wish to give you a little bit about its history.

 

Being run as a fundraising venture the IRC has been known by several different names over its 50 plus years lifespan.

 

It was initially set up back in the 50's and 60's to raise money which bought lifesaving equipment in the days when sponsorship and grants were either non existent or hard to come by.

 

Despite the name changes it has always been run in the same format. It was in the eighties that this fundraiser took on the name The Inner Reef Club. At that time it was run to support our teams to the World Lifesaving Championships. The Coogee Team did extremely well during the 80's and 90's, consistently being place in the top 10 clubs in the world. Hawaii brought us our best result, finishing 1 point off first place. Other venues included, Bali, Wales, New Zealand and South Africa where we performed well above expectations.

 

Although not being run every year, the IRC has been an important fund raising venture in recent years in the support of our Junior and Cadet members. Money raised has helped our younger members pursue their ambitions in Surf Life Saving and Surf Sports. These young people are not only the clubs future but in the years ahead they will take up rolls that will shape our country's future. We would like to think it is the grounding they have received in both the Junior and Senior Clubs that will put them in good stead for the future. The lessons and skills learned in Surf will give them that added advantage in future life.

 

This season it is a combined effort of the One Club, both Junior and Senior that will raise such funds through the IRC to support our young members.

 

In the next couple of weeks you will receive an invitation to join fellow members in support of theIRC.

 

For all those who generously donated last year we thank you for your support and trust you will continue such support this season.

 

Membership is a donation of $150 and it will run over 5 weeks with a weekly prize of $250.

The major prize on week 5 will be $5000 plus prizes for 2nd of $1000 and 3rd, $500.

Each member will receive a Polo Shirt carrying the IRC logo.

 

Full details will be in the letter you will receive shortly.

 

Any questions please contact David 'Luna' Park 0408169276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also contact Tracy at the club on 96655138 or email the club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The IRC organising committee: Warrick Everingham, Geoff Nixon, David Park, Heidi Roche, Katherine Fagan, Tracy Bloxham

 

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