Message in a Bottle – Source to Sea
Carlos and Carolyn will paddle the length of the Thames on their Plastic Bottle SUPs
to collect your 'Message in a Bottle' to deliver to parliament
On World Ocean’s Day, 8th June 2018 Carlos and Carolyn will begin their journey along the Thames River from the navigable source at Lechlade to the sea at Gravesend. They will paddle over 300km on their SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) made out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways and to deliver a ‘Message in a Bottle’ to parliament. They would like to invite you to get involved.
Message in a Bottle
We want to hear your thoughts. We are inviting all children (and adults) to share your messages with us, which we will take to parliament when we reach London. We want to create something visual, creative and innovative to celebrate your ideas for a more sustainable future; so we have come up with the idea of Bottle Bunting. It’s easy.
1. Download the template
2. Up-cycle an old t-shirt, sheet or any fabric – cut out the template
3. Write your message and decorate it in permanent pen (remember to sign your name)
4. Give it to us as we paddle by or send it to us at the address below
PADDLE WITH US
Join us for a leg (or several) of the journey so that you can experience the joy of being in nature for yourself; anyone can do it!
We would like to invite all schools near the Thames to come meet us, share your messages and perhaps even do a mini clean up.
There are a number of exciting sponsorship and partner opportunities. Contact us to TAKE ACTION against plastic pollution.
Join us for a leg of the journey
You can register to join us on the corresponding event pages (from 1 May) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To hire a SUP please contact the SUP club in your area directly.
Tue 5 June LAUNCH EXHIBITION & TALK at Brazilian Embassy (6.30-9.30pm) on WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Wed 6 June Run and Clean Up in London organised by Good Gym (venue tbc)
Fri 8 June Lechlade to Rushey Lock campsite – (15.15km) – SUP Gloucester
Sat 9 June Rushy Lock to Bablock Hythe
Sun 10 June Bablock Hythe to Kings Lock
Mon 11 June Kings Lock to Sandford Lock, Oxford
Tue 12 June Sandford Lock to Clifton, Abingdon
Wed 13 June Clifton, Abingdon to Goring Lock, Goring
Thu 14 June Goring Lock to Henley-on-Thames
Fri 15 June EVENT in Henley
Sat 16 June Henley-on-Thames to Hurley Lock, Hurley
Sun 17 June Hurley Lock to Bray Lock, Bray – Bewl Canoe Club
Mon 18 June Bray Lock to Windsor
Tue 19 June Windsor to Staines to Shepperton Lock
Wed 20 June Shepperton Lock to Ham
Thu 21 June Ham to Kew – Midsummer Night sunset paddle – ACTIVE 360
Fri 22 June Kew to Barnes
Mon 25 June Barnes to Chelsea, Cremorne Riverside
Tue 26 June DELIVER MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TO PARLIAMENT
Wed 27 June Chelsea to Thames Barrier – closed group.
Thu 28 June Thames Barrier to Gravesend – closed group.
Fri 29 June CLOSING CEREMONY (tbc)
We need your bottles
We know there are a lot of bottles out there but collecting them is actually a bit tricky as the recycle trucks crush them and we need them fairly undamaged. Can you help us by collecting your bottles? We need 130 2 litre bottles per board. We can then collect them from your school if you give us a call to tell us you have lots.
Plastic Bottle Guide
Together We Can Do More
Can you help share our project? Would you like to organise an event to run alongside the Source to Sea? Do you want to sponsor us? Currently we are funding everything on a shoe string and we are looking for support for the charity moving forwards. If your organisation would like to know more about how to get involved please contact Carolyn on 07870685994.