2011 June 05 11:30
International Paddle for the Planet campaign is successfully launched at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Dubai, 5th June 2011 - Over 250 people plunged into the sea at Jumeirah Beach Hotel to take part in the launch of ‘Paddle for the Planet’ to raise awareness of the earth's oceans.
Children as young as four to people as old as 60 took part in the event where they paddled around the iconic Burj Al Arab using surf skis, paddle boats and dragon boats.
Tomorrow over 250,000 people from over 50 countries will follow in a synchronised paddle all over the world to raise funds for Daram Marine Reserve in the Raja Ampat Islands in Northwest Papua, Indonesia - an area that is threatened by destructive fishing practices.
Support for the event:
- Dubai Holding Care for the Wild International Coral Cay Conservation
- Maldives Whale Shark Research
- John Slayer
- Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
- Marine Conservation Society
- Pew Foundation
- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
- Global Ocean Pavilion Dive Centre – Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Note to Editors: Dubai’s only turtle rehabilitation project is a collaboration between The Wildlife Protection Office and Jumeirah’s Aquarium team, with essential veterinary support provided by Al Wasl Veterinary Clinic and laboratory work by the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. http://www.facebook.com/turtle.rehabilitation