September 8, 2011

Volunteers Wanted for the BIG SWEEP in Carolina Beach & Kure Beach

Calling all volunteers, the New Hanover County Big Sweep will be Saturday, September 24th, starting at 9:00am. On Pleasure Island, volunteers will meet at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo and at the Kure Beach Pier. In addition, volunteers will meet at Johnie Mercer's Pier in Wrightsville Beach and at the boathouse at Greenfield Lake.

Refreshments, bags and gloves will be provided. Please come prepared to be outdoors, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Help us reduce the amount of plastic at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gloves if you have them.

Big Sweep began as a beach sweep in 1987 and is now an annual statewide event. Since its inception, more than 192,000 volunteers have retrieved over six million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s waterways. It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that involves approximately 90 countries and 55 states and territories. Locally, the event is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, Cleaner Greener Wrightsville Beach, the Town of Carolina Beach, the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, the Town of Kure Beach, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear River Watch.

For more information, please contact Shannon Culpepper with Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County at or (910) 619-1144 or visit or
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