250 Volunteers Removed 500 Pounds of Trash on Rockaway Beach in New York – World Beach Rescue Day

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"250 Volunteers Removed 500 Pounds of Trash on Rockaway Beach in New York – World Beach Rescue Day"

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, longtime partners Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and the Surfrider Foundation kicked off World Beach Rescue Day in New York City alongside 250 volunteers.

World Beach Rescue Day, a global beach clean up effort to raise awareness about coastal conservation, will henceforth be celebrated every second Saturday of July. The event underscores the importance of how little acts of conservation can make a positive global impact.

On Saturday, July 9th, 2016, 11 countries around the world joined forces to eliminate waste from our shorelines. In the U.S., volunteers in Rockaway Beach, NYC removed more than 500 pounds of trash from the beach, and then celebrated their efforts with some wine and bubbly.

To view photos from cleanups around the world, please check out the hashtag, #WorldBeachRescueDay. For every use of this tag, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will donate $1 to the Surfrider Foundation up to $100,000.

Additional details below:

WHO:
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, fun, flavorful and affordable wines and bubblies and Surfrider NYC Chapter, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Celebration:

The Bungalow Bar
Beach 92nd Street
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Hosted by the Surfrider Foundation

Additional clean ups took place in Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom

Hundreds of volunteers clean up Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016, to mark the first ever World Beach Rescue Day with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation.   More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Hundreds of volunteers clean up Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016, to mark the first ever World Beach Rescue Day with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation. More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Hundreds of volunteers clean up Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016, to mark the first ever World Beach Rescue Day with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation.   More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Hundreds of volunteers clean up Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016, to mark the first ever World Beach Rescue Day with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation. More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Surfrider Foundation CEO Chad Nelsen, second left, joins volunteers at the first ever World Beach Rescue Day clean up with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation at Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016.  More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Surfrider Foundation CEO Chad Nelsen, second left, joins volunteers at the first ever World Beach Rescue Day clean up with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation at Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016. More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Hundreds of volunteers celebrate after removing 500 lbs. of trash off Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016, to mark the first ever World Beach Rescue Day with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation.   More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Hundreds of volunteers celebrate after removing 500 lbs. of trash off Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016, to mark the first ever World Beach Rescue Day with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation. More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Surfrider Foundation CEO Chad Nelsen, center left, Louis Cole, center, of FunForLouis, and Raya Encheva, center right, of RayaWasHere, celebrate alongside volunteers after removing 500 lbs. of trash at the first ever World Beach Rescue Day clean up with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation at Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016.  More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
Surfrider Foundation CEO Chad Nelsen, center left, Louis Cole, center, of FunForLouis, and Raya Encheva, center right, of RayaWasHere, celebrate alongside volunteers after removing 500 lbs. of trash at the first ever World Beach Rescue Day clean up with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation at Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016. More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
YouTube personalities Raya Encheva, of RayaWasHere, and Louis Cole, of FunForLouis, partner with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation to kick-off the first ever World Beach Rescue Day clean up at Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016.  More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly.  (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)
YouTube personalities Raya Encheva, of RayaWasHere, and Louis Cole, of FunForLouis, partner with Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation to kick-off the first ever World Beach Rescue Day clean up at Rockaway Beach in New York, Saturday, July 9, 2016. More than 10 countries participated in #WorldBeachRescueDay events to bring awareness to coastal conservation and keep beaches barefoot-friendly. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for World Beach Rescue Day)