An ocean free of plastic would be Turtle-tastic says a group of inspiring young runners in training for various races over the Gold Coast Airport Marathon Weekend. On Saturday, 1 July members of the Green Heroes team of young conservationists are taking part in the 2km, 4km, 5.7km and 10km races to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on marine animals.
Noah Jay (13) is passionate about the issue.
“Animals don’t have a voice so we have to speak for them. Plastic in the ocean is having a devastating impact on all marine life. We’re asking people to say no to single-use plastic items like bags, cup, straws and cutlery and use re-usable alternatives,” Noah said.
The team is also fundraising to support the incredible work of staff and volunteers at Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR), which runs Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.