WE RAISED OVER $5500 FOR PROJECT AWARE’S FINATHON
On Sunday July 28th, our FINtastic trio comprised of Ayesha Cantrell, Gene Giradeau and Wilco Both, swam 22.5km around Koh Tao in 7 hours 56 minutes! Along with completing the massive feat of swimming around the island, we are also very proud to announce that Master Divers have met and successfully smashed our Finathon 2013 goal! With the help of many people we raised over $5500 USD through weekly shark conservation talks, raffles and online donations, and nearly doubled our original goal of $3000usd.
While Master Divers had been steadily raising funds over the past few months, our principal event was the swim around Koh Tao and Finathon Finish Line party. There was also an around-the-island snorkel boat that followed the swimmers, giving people the chance to snorkel, cheer the swimmers on and look for sharks at sites where they are known to frequent.
The swimmers were welcomed back to the island to celebrate at the Finathon Finish Line Party at Maya Bar on Sairee Beach, which featured a raffle auctioning off fabulous prizes that helped raise an additional $2,260. This record breaking challenge placed Master Divers in first place at the top of the Finathon Team Leaderboard.
Donations will help to fight shark finning by insisting on full protections for critically endangered sharks and negotiating stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks.
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