Plett Ocean Aweh-ness Hub 

Ocean Aweh-ness Hub

Plett Ocean Aweh-ness Hub – partnered and sponsored by Checkers

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats

The recent Plett Ocean Festival – which took place from 21 – 30 June 2024 in Plettenberg Bay was very well received. Not only for conversations around the Marine Science Symposium and fun, family friendly activities but for its commitment to creating a new generation of passionate ocean stewards and conservationists.

Festival Director, Cindy Wilson-Trollip summed it up: “The aim of the festival includes promoting awareness and appreciation for our oceans, fostering a sense of shared environmental responsibility, and encouraging Plett community engagement.”

New on the programme this year was the Plett Ocean Aweh-Ness Hub’s Kids’ Club – an enriching initiative partnered and sponsored by Checkers – aimed at immersing the young people of Plett in the importance, fascination and possibilities of our oceans and coastline – a sustainable Blue Economy.

The Plett Ocean Aweh-Ness Hub was held at the Plett Lifesaving Club on Central Beach and the Kids’ Club was a collaboration between Adopt A Surfer and Plett Shark Spotters. The buzzing central hub was visited by 40 children per day from Kwanokuthula, Qolweni, Bossiespif and Pine Trees, New Horizons, Wittedrift and Kranshoek who were introduced to an ocean-themed world of stories, games, arts and skill-building.

Plett Surf was the base of the Ocean Aweh-ness Hub
Plett Surf was the base of the Ocean Aweh-ness Hub

Their eagerness to learn, curiosity about the environment and the smiles on their faces as they enjoyed their lunch overlooking Central Beach is a shining example of the potential of each generation to make a positive change for our planet. The daily transport was kindly supplied by Mungo Designs.

The hub created a unique environment for the young people to learn and play: sand sculptures were built, sharks were discussed, ocean safety was practiced, and careers were introduced. Everything from sun-kissed beach moments to arts and crafts and entertaining film was centred around the ocean, encouraging both confidence and conservation.

Plett Ocean Festival director, Cindy Wilson-Trollip thanked everyone involved in creating this enriching ocean hub, saying: “This year, a big shout out goes to Checkers for sponsoring the buzzing Kids Club at the Plett Ocean Aweh-ness Hub. This collaboration between Adopt a Surfer and Plett Sharks Spotters – led by Izelke Benecke and Melissa Nel – offered a week of ocean-themed fun and learning for over 200 children from the Bitou community. And it was a pleasure to have Esmeralda Essex, the PR Manager of Checkers Eastern Cape, with us in Plett – getting involved with the games on the beach and the sessions at the hub, a testament to the Checkers commitment to the project.”

The Plett Ocean Festival is a shining example of how education and awareness from a young age can foster a generation passionate about protecting our precious oceans. These initiatives plant the seeds for a sustainable future, where the blue economy thrives alongside a healthy marine environment.

ABOUT THE PLETT OCEAN FESTIVAL

The Plett Ocean Festival is an annual winter festival in Plettenberg Bay anchored by a three-day Marine Science Symposium and a host of ocean-centric activities and excursions. The festival serves as a vibrant celebration of Plett’s most cherished treasures: our ocean, marine life, and beaches, while fostering crucial discussions on marine conservation.

Notably, the festival aims to engage a diverse audience: families, nature lovers, conservationists, students, and more. The Plett Ocean Festival is committed to promoting awareness and appreciation for our oceans, fostering a sense of shared environmental responsibility, and encouraging Plett community engagement.

Find out more at www.plettoceanfestival.co.za.