This year over 217 children from 9 local schools along with teachers travelled to gain a better understanding of the place they call home and to learn about the wonderful and unique environment they live in between the World Heritage Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, commented Michael Healy, Quicksilver Group Director Sales and Marketing.
To cater for all the children, Quicksilver sets aside 2 days to allow for all the children to travel and experience the reef. We have long believed as a company we need to engage with the local children and this is one area we can create a message about the environment and complement their school studies. We have had very positive feedback from the teachers as the children get to engage with students from other schools which is critical as they move to high school and larger schools.
Photo: Shane Nichols Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette
Low Isles through the eyes of Year 6 student, Jack Norwood..
"When we got there, we were bouncing out of our skins about snorkelling in the crystal clear water. "All suited up in the stinger suits we could then go into the water, gazing at colourful coral and thousands of amazing fish, big and small, darting between the coral. After an hour of discovering, we went back to the Wavedancer for a well-earned lunch. After that, a
glass bottom boat awaited us. It was awesome (just like everything else on the trip); we got to see more bright fish and big colourful corals. We even saw a turtle surfacing less than 10 metres away. "When we got on shore again, we went in the water in search of the huge Green Turtle. Ten metres offshore, Laine, with his eagle eyes, found a sleepy turtle hiding in the coral. Soon, we were surrounded by other students from different schools, trying to get a better view of the big turtle. "It then got better! Another two turtles were swimming past the group! "Amazing! We then had to return to Wavedancer and return to Port Douglas. Our adventure was over. "Thank you very much Quicksilver for a great day!"
Jack Morwood of Daintree State School Year 6.