Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The first boater cleanup of 2014 scheduled by Wounded Nature - Working Veterans, will be hosted by the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.
Wounded Nature has targeted Drum Island as its first Charleston-area boater cleanup for 2014. Drum Island is located under the Ravenel Bridge.
“Many visitors to Charleston walk the Ravenel Bridge and look down as they admire the bridge's panoramic view,” said Rudy Socha, CEO of Wounded Nature. “Unfortunately, during low tide, they see an island with a coastline littered with trash. In April there will be close to 50,000 pedestrians participating in the Cooper River Bridge Run, and this cleanup will provide any runners during that event with a pristine view of the island.”
Additional volunteer boaters and donations are needed for this event. The cleanup will take place on Saturday, March 15, and boaters are asked to gather together at the Charleston Harbor Marina at 11 a.m. for a sign in and briefing. After the cleanup, there will be a cleanup party that will include prizes awarded for most unique items found and all volunteers will be entered for some great door prizes. Several prominent companies, including Boeing, Cummings and Barefoot Wine, have committed to providing volunteers to aid in this much needed cleanup.
“The Charleston area is a historic coastal destination and as such, we need to be stewards of the land. The cleanliness of the coast is a very important part of this status both to me as a resident and the business we are operating,” said Oliver Rooskens, General Manager of the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. “We are very happy to have an opportunity to give back to the community and do our part in cleaning a part of the coast that is a part of our back yard.”
Details of the cleanup are available online at WoundedNature.org.
About Wounded Nature - Working Veterans
Wounded Nature - Working Veterans (WNWV) is a national 501c3 non-profit using volunteer boats and manpower to clean up debris and trash left behind by boaters on outer islands and rural beaches, as well as coastal disaster debris. WNWV is the only organization working year-round on a national basis to address this problem.
About Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
With its own full-service marina on Charleston's Historic Harbor, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina is located on Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant, adjacent to the USS Yorktown.
The Resort and Marina offers a 459-slip marina, water-taxi to downtown Charleston, and a complimentary trolley ride to the Historic District. Dining options include Charleston's premier seafood restaurant, The Charleston Harbor Fish House, with unmatched views of Charleston's skyline, the Yorktown and the Ravenel Bridge.