SAS/ONEILL ACTIVITIES WEEK FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY 'SWITCHED-ON' PRIMARY SCHOOLS STARTS NEXT WEEK!

Some of the country's most 'environmentally switched-on' primary school children will be receiving an experience of a lifetime next week during a Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and O'Neill Marine Environment Activities Week which starts in Falmouth on Monday July 18th.

Based at Falmouth's National Maritime Museum the activity week will include an environmental boat trip on the regions fastest R.I.B. (through supporting sponsor Orca Seafaris) to learn more about Cornwall's unique marine environment and the creatures it sustains. There will also be a fun art based workshop where each class will work on creating an 'environmentally protected beach scene' banner which they can take back to their school at the end of the day.

The 5 school classes involved in this project have all earnt their places through hard work during the school year. They have designed a range of projects that looked to safeguard and protect the marine environment from pollution. The projects were all really creative and included making thought provoking sculptures out of litter they collected from beach cleans; writing informative school magazines and encouraging families to get involved in recycling projects and writing raps and songs about the damage being done to the world's oceans and performing it to their entire school.

As well as SAS campaigners the children will get to meet some of the UK's top surfers form the O'Neill team. Top UK surfers Sam Lamiroy, Robyn Davies and Jake Boex will share their surfing experiences with the children throughout the week, in particular the roles they play in promoting the clean seas message. Having experienced both the good, the bad and the downright ugly of water quality during surf sessions they can often be some of the first people affected by pollution incidents.

The 5 winning school classes and the days they will be with us in Falmouth are:

Monday 18th July - Cubert School, near Newquay, Cornwall Tuesday 19th July - Laira Green School, near Plymouth, Devon Wednesday 20th July - Devoran School, near Truro, Cornwall Thursday 21st July - Penzance Junior School, Cornwall Friday 22nd July - Trevithick Junior School, Camborne, Cornwall

Andy Cummins, SAS Campaigner and Event Organiser says: "We're really looking forward to spending a week with these environmentally savvy kids, who have already shown themselves to be passionate campaigners against water pollution. We hope they'll both enjoy and learn from the activities day with SAS and O'Neill".

Robyn Davies, The UK's top woman surfer says: "When we visited the winning schools to tell them they had won a place on our Environment Activities Week we were totally amazed by the enthusiasm, passion and energy the kids had for making an environmental difference. I think it's going to be a very rewarding week for both myself, the kids and their teachers".

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For more information please contact Andy Cummins on SAS's ISDN campaign line, Tel: 01872 555950 or Mob: 07711 767548.

Notes for Editors:

Photocall's will be held each day at 9:15am. Please go to the National Maritime Museum's Learning Zone room where SAS will be working from. The National Maritime Museum is based at Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY.

The SAS/O'Neill Marine Environment Project fits in with Key Stage 2 of the national curriculum and was sent to over 1600 primary schools nationwide. You can see an example of the pack here:

www.sas.org.uk/education/marineenvironmentproject.asp

O'Neill, the board riding company have sponsored this project with a £10,000 donation to SAS. This is not the first time O'Neill have been involved in supporting environmental education as they run a successful schools education project in the US and parts of Europe.

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