#GiveBackFriday donates funds to Surfrider Vancouver Island
For the second year in a row, Patagonia Victoria is making a difference through the #GiveBackFriday campaign which took place on November 25th, 2016. By donating a full 20% of sales from the day, together we raised close to $6,000 for local not-for-profit organizations!
Surfrider Vancouver Island is a volunteer-run chapter of the wider Surfrider Foundation, which defines itself as “a global environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.”
“Our partnership with Patagonia Victoria has been an amazing one…it’s such a pleasure to collaborate with a business that is really living it’s values and being such a leader in protecting where we play,” says Rachael Montgomery, the Secretary of the Vancouver Island chapter.
The donation will be spent on active programs and campaigns that are coming up this year, including:
Combing the Coast Program (a monthly beach clean-up program)
Over the past few years, much of their funding has come through Japanese government grants given to the province of BC for marine debris monitoring and removal (after the tsunami in 2011). This funding has now run out, so Surfrider Vancouver Island will use the GiveBackFriday funds to replenish their beach clean-up supplies, and help pay for travel and debris removal costs on their annual remote beach clean-up.
Blue Water Task Force (a monthly water quality testing program)
Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers collect water samples from different bodies of water around Victoria to test for bacteria.
Rise Above Plastics (a program that fights plastic pollution)
Their “Ban the Bag” campaign is working with the City of Victoria to enact a bylaw to ban single-use plastic check-out bags. City councillors have voted in favour of placing a ban or mandatory fee on these bags but need Surfrider’s help with education and outreach on the campaign and to help create the best possible transition plan for consumers and businesses.
The Surfrider Approved Business campaign
In partnership with the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification program, they encourage retail, restaurant, office and spa spaces to reduce their use and distribution of single-use plastics. Fun fact: Patagonia was the first “Surfrider Approved” business in Victoria!
Hold On To Your Butt campaign
Funds are being raised to install cigarette butt canisters around the district to reduce the amount of toxic litter that ends up in the marine environment.
You can volunteer, donate, get involved, and follow the gang at Surfrider Vancouver Island by visiting their website or connecting on social:
Facebook: Surfrider Vancouver Island