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Broads clean up for Tanzania 2019

£4,466 of £3,950 goal

Raised by 42 people in 4 months
Created May 13, 2018
LATEST NEWS.... 

Thanks to the very generous donation I have just received from Anglian Water I have now exceeded my initial "Camps International" target to pay for the trip.
 The extra funds I have can now go towards the further costs I will incur for Vaccinations, Working Visa, UK travel to and from the airport and personal kit required. 
 I will continue to fundraise in a bid to cover the extras above so any further donations would be gratefully recieved. 

THANK YOU

Thanks to all companies big and small along with the numerous private individuals who have so generously contributed their own money, time and effort to support me in reaching my goal to improve the environment and lives of others both locally and internationally. 

Thank you all

William






Story
Hi everyone, my name is Will. I am a 13 year old student at Broadland High School in Hoveton, Norfolk . I have the incredible, life changing opportunity to be part of the Camps International team trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2019.

The trip will involve plenty of really hard work helping with important projects which will benefit the local people, such as:-

-       Creating a real impact on marine conservation by cleaning the beaches of all unwanted plastic that has found its way into the sea and then onto the beaches. This will not only save marine life from injury – and even death- but will help protect our beautiful yet fragile world as a whole.

-       Building/Renovating classrooms to provide the local children with new and exciting, yet safe, environment to learn.

-       Installing new water facilities at schools and in villages, for the locals to be able to access safe, clean water. 

-       Planting new trees to overcome commercial deforestation and aide the battle against global warming because trees take in harmful CO2 gases and release oxygen into the air.

Alongside all the different building skills required for all the jobs (as stated above) I will be learning bush craft skills as well.

This will also give me the opportunity to interact with the local children and communities on a daily basis and it will allow me to experience how different cultures live and appreciate the things we take for granted.

UCAS points can also be gained - in readiness for university.

I know that there will be times when it will be hard work, but, I am sure the sense of achievement whilst developing new important life skills and making new friends will be worth it. 

This made me think about all the plastic, glass and other items of rubbish that I encounter often whilst out on the Norfolk Broads, on my kayak, family boat or fishing from the river bank.  I am fully aware that the waste I see is mainly non- biodegradable and will therefore remain in the Broads waterways forever, unless someone removes it.

Example:-  I went out onto Wroxham Broad recently and discovered within approximately 200 yards of the banks – 6 plastic bottles, 4 buckets, 1 fender, 1 tin can, 1 item of fishing tackle, 1 boat hook, 1 car tyre and 9 other various plastic items.

I then decided to carry out a check of the main river between the two entrances to Wroxham Broad and there I discovered a further 22 plastic bottles, 3 glass bottles, 1 paint can, 1 tin can, 2 supermarket carrier bags full of waste,  1 item of fishing tackle, a McDonalds balloon and a further 11 items of plastic waste.

A total of 65 items found in just 2 hours and within less than 1 mile

Please see photos at bottom of page which has a small selection of photos collected whilst out on Wroxham Broad
             
The impact of this problem is that it can affect the beautiful natural wildlife and their habitants along with visitors’ perception and enjoyment of the locals. Therefore, I thought that it would be a good idea (based on how bad the Broads has become) to act sooner rather than later to reverse this worrying trend.

To raise sponsorship to cover the cost of my trip to Tanzania my commitment to my sponsors will not only be to spend 4 weeks working in Tanzania but also to spend this summer completing a minimum of 100 miles kayaking the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads waterways in order to remove as much waste as I can see and collect. This task needs to be done by kayak as the majority of the waste will be impossible to access via a boat as it is trapped in areas of reeds, under over-hanging trees, dense bushes or in very shallow water. I will be supported in this task by my family, one of which will kayak with me, whilst the others will drive a boat where we can store the waste.

Progress

Updates of all trips will be shown on my blog at…. https://petexann.wixsite.com/broadscleanup

And my father’s Facebook page…. https://www.facebook.com/peter.darling.1029
 

 How to sponsor.

Payments can be made via:-

My ‘gofundme’ page …..  https://www.gofundme.com/williamdarling-tanzania2019

Cheques made payable to :- “William Darling”, post to home address

For any additional information please contact my father, Peter, on 07894 475535

 

Challenge.

Clear all rubbish reachable by kayak in and along the river banks of…

All Northern rivers and Broads above Acle Bridge.

All Southern rivers and Broads above Reedham and below Somerleyton

Please help me to make a difference to the world’s environment, people’s daily lives and the future of our wildlife. I will only be able to achieve this through your kind support. Any donations, however small, will be welcomed and very much appreciated. Thank you.

Regards,

 William





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Friday 31st August 2018 - Heart 102.4 Norfolk Radio
Also today, I appear in the local news section of Heart FM Norfolk Radio !!
Please see below:-

Broads Clean Up By 14 Year Old Boy In A Kayak
31 August 2018, 16:00

14 year old William Darling from Wroxham in Norfolk has spent his summer holiday this year clearing litter from a long stretch of the Norfolk and Suffolk broads- from aboard his kayak- as part of his 'Great Broads Clean Up' challenge.
The student, from Broadland High School, had the opportunity to be part of an expedition to Tanzania, where part of his time will be spent clearing the beaches there of plastic. William decided that in order to raise funds for the trip he would start by focusing his clean-up efforts closer to home by using his passion for kayaking to pick litter from the broads.

William says that picking litter from his kayak is the most effective way: "The majority of rubbish is trapped in reeds, under over-hanging trees or in dense bushes- picking it up from my kayak is a lot easier and safer."
So far William, supported by his father, Peter, has collected car tyres, paint cans, plastic bottles, plastic carrier bags and fishing tackle from the river.
Water company Anglian Water has stepped up as one of the principal sponsors of this valuable environmental clean up campaign as part of its commitment earlier this year to work with partners across the region to rid the East of England of problem plastics by 2030.
Catchment and Coastal Strategy Manager Lu Gilfoyle comments: It's fantastic to see William taking personal responsibility for where he lives and we're proud to support him in this impressive challenge! We set up our RiverCare and BeachCare programmes to encourage volunteer led clean-up activity right across our region with the aim of protecting and enhancing our rivers and oceans. It's hard work and never-ending so individuals like William should be celebrated! We are particularly pleased to see how much plastic this initiative has removed. "
Along with this support, William has received sponsorship from other local businesses and organisations including the Norfolk Yacht Agency, Herbert Woods and Norfolk Broads Direct, as well as many other individuals and smaller local businesses.
William comments: "The support I've had with funding has been great, it's definitely kept me going every day and I've now covered over 100 miles of river in my kayak and the broads are looking a lot smarter!"
William is also looking for volunteers to join him on the river to complete the mammoth task: "I'll continue to kayak and litter pick on weekends and evenings until the job is done but if anyone locally has a kayak and wants to come and join me, I would welcome the help!"
William and his Dad are already looking ahead at how they can keep the Great Broads Clean Up alive to tackle the challenge of litter on the broads on an on-going basis. What began as a quest to raise funds for William's school trip is now something far bigger: "I want to support other pupils who may in the future wish to take on the "Great Broads Clean Up."
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Friday 31 August 2018- BBC Radio Norfolk
Today, I had an interview this morning on BBC Radio Norfolk. That was fun even though I had to get up very early whilst on holiday ..... another new experience for me.
Thank you to the radio station for allowing me to share my thoughts about plastic waste and share my campaign.
@BBCNorfolk
www.bbc.co.uk/radionorfolk
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Anglian Water Press Release - 30th August 2018

Today Anglian Water issue my story. As follows:-
14 year old William Darling from Wroxham in Norfolk has spent his summer holiday this year clearing litter from a long stretch of the Norfolk and Suffolk broads- from aboard his kayak- as part of his ‘Great Broads Clean Up’ challenge.

The student, from Broadland High School, had the opportunity to be part of an expedition to Tanzania, where part of his time will be spent clearing the beaches there of plastic. William decided that in order to raise funds for the trip he would start by focusing his clean-up efforts closer to home by using his passion for kayaking to pick litter from the broads.

William says that picking litter from his kayak is the most effective way: “The majority of rubbish is trapped in reeds, under over-hanging trees or in dense bushes- picking it up from my kayak is a lot easier and safer.”

So far William, supported by his father, Peter, has collected car tyres, paint cans, plastic bottles, plastic carrier bags and fishing tackle from the river.

Water company Anglian Water has stepped up as one of the principal sponsors of this valuable environmental clean up campaign as part of its commitment earlier this year to work with partners across the region to rid the East of England of problem plastics by 2030.

Catchment and Coastal Strategy Manager Lu Gilfoyle comments: “It’s fantastic to see William taking personal responsibility for where he lives and we’re proud to support him in this impressive challenge! We set up our RiverCare and BeachCare programmes to encourage volunteer led clean-up activity right across our region with the aim of protecting and enhancing our rivers and oceans. It’s hard work and never-ending so individuals like William should be celebrated! We are particularly pleased to see how much plastic this initiative has removed. ”

Along with this support, William has received sponsorship from other local businesses and organisations including the Norfolk Yacht Agency, Herbert Woods and Norfolk Broads Direct, as well as many other individuals and smaller local businesses.

William comments: “The support I’ve had with funding has been great, it’s definitely kept me going every day and I’ve now covered over 100 miles of river in my kayak and the broads are looking a lot smarter!”

William is also looking for volunteers to join him on the river to complete the mammoth task: “I’ll continue to kayak and litter pick on weekends and evenings until the job is done but if anyone locally has a kayak and wants to come and join me, I would welcome the help!”

William and his Dad are already looking ahead at how they can keep the Great Broads Clean Up alive to tackle the challenge of litter on the broads on an on-going basis. What began as a quest to raise funds for William’s school trip is now something far bigger: “I want to support other pupils who may in the future wish to take on the Great Broads Clean Up.”

Follow progress or get in touch to volunteer your time:

Twitter @KayakCleanUpWil or via William’s blog: https://petexann.wixsite.com/broadscleanup
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29th August - Just Magazine Story
Thank you to all at Just Wroxham & Coltishall magazine for publishing my story.
Hopefully, this will further raise the awareness of the problem of all plastics and other items of rubbish in the Broads.
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