Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Sea Champions spreading the word at university Freshers Fairs

Sea Champion Sophie Rush tells us about her experiences as the voice for our seas at her university Freshers Fair in Plymouth...

"Sea Champion Alex and I hit the Fresher’s Fair of Plymouth University on 22nd September, setting up next to Plymouth’s Marine Biology Society at the University and encouraging the new intake of students to get involved in marine conservation. The response was astonishing with an impressive number of people signing up to become both members and Sea Champions. Marine conservation has never been more important and it showed that students at Plymouth truly understand this and want to have more of an impact in their local community.

The Marine Biology Society team was extremely supportive of our cause and even helped recruit a few new volunteers, many of them becoming members themselves! Plymouth is such a marine-focussed city that people really take interest in our goals with respect to conservation. Several were keen to discuss ideas for helping in the future which look to be promising and meanwhile our literature almost flew off the table, including many of the Good Fish and Beachwatch guides.

It was really uplifting to see such passion for the marine environment and to recruit some very motivated and positive individuals. It seems we may have an army of Sea Champions in Plymouth soon!"

 University Freshers Fayres are a great way to enthuse students about marine conservation and volunteering.  Get in touch with your Volunteer Coordinator for support if you'd like to consider representing MCS at your university.

Sea Champion Sophie at Plymouth University Freshers Fair

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