The four ocean enthusiasts will set off from Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu at 0830 hours on February 21, commencing an ambitious event aimed at raising awareness over a range of environmental issues in the Maldives.
Supporters and sponsors are lining up to show their enthusiasm for ‘Stand Up for Our Seas’, an event commencing this February to raise awareness regarding the dangers faced by the marine life in Maldives. Local luxury resort brand Coco Collection is signed on as the main sponsor of the initiative.
'Stand Up for Our Seas’ is conducted in collaboration with the environmental NGO Olive Ridley Project (ORP), where Dr Claire Petros, heading the campaign, works as the lead veterinarian.
In addition, Maldives’ Minister of Education Dr Aishath Ali, Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed, and Minister of Environment Dr Hussain Rasheed have endorsed 'Stand Up For Our Seas'.
Starboard UK and an anonymous benefactor provided stand up paddleboard (SUP)s for the expedition, which is further supported by Fourth Element, Palm Equipment, Klean Kanteen, Toddy, Island Bazaar and 10 International.
The campaign entails an unprecedented 100km expedition on SUPs around Baa Atoll, by veterinary surgeons Dr Claire Petros and Cal Major from the United Kingdom, and environmental advocates Dhafeena Hassan Ibrahim and Shaziya Saeed from the Maldives.
Along the journey, team members plan to make stops at local islands and resorts to conduct awareness activities such as beach clean-ups, talks and presentations.
'Stand Up for Our Seas' is set to kick off on February 21, when the team will set off from Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu at 0830 hours, and return on February 28.