Preparations Begin for 3rd Annual Raft Race for Rupees at Cap Ternay
This week volunteers and staff on the marine expedition at Cap Ternay are preparing for our annual Raft Race on June 12th. This race is a competition of recycled floatation devices held together with rope and string to construct something that vaguely resemble a raft and will hopefully float long enough to complete a set course. These rafts are then raced from the shores of our own Baie Ternay marine park out to a specific mooring buoy and back. The team that paddles this course the fastest without losing any raft pieces or team members wins the race! The last two years have been won by GVI’s project partner Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), who always put together a sturdy raft with a mean paddling team. Other project partners are set to compete this year as well, including Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) and University of Seychelles (UniSey). Five teams of GVI staff members and volunteers are building their rafts as we speak (or read), so maybe this year one of our teams will build the winning raft! Volunteers spent the afternoon collecting bamboo, designing their rafts and trying to trade flotation devices with other teams without giving away their secret designs. This race isn’t just about fun and competition, we are fund raising for our Charitable Trust – the President’s Village Children’s Home, to install solar panels on their buildings to help make them more sustainable and save money and resources. GVI Seychelles has been working with the President’s Village since 2010, spending time with the children who live at the home on weekly snorkels in the marine park and quarterly Creole Days, a day of arts, crafts, activities and fun. We focused our fundraising efforts on the solar panels in 2013 and this year we hope to see the installation of the first set of solar panels on the main building on site. Check out our fund raising site for more information on the President’s Village and to support Cap Ternay’s efforts! http://www.justgiving.com/GVIRaftRaceForRupees
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