September 7, 2012

2012 Pleasure Island Beach Sweep to be Held on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Volunteers are needed for this year's Pleasure Island Beach Sweep which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012.  The sweep will take place from 9:00am to 12 noon and volunteers should meet at the Carolina Beach gazebo at 9:00am. 

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.

Volunteers will receive free Britt's Donuts with coffee and juice.  There will be a raffle and a DJ will be on hand to get the place hopping.

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 some added fun, the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads plan some extra celebratory events revolving around the Big Sweep.  On Friday, Sept. 28th, they will have a meet & greet at the Lazy Pirate @ 6:00pm.  On Saturday, Sept. 29th, they will have a Beach Sweep fundraiser at the Lazy Pirate starting at 6:00pm.  The event will have a silent auction, raffle prizes and Latitude will be performing from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.  For more information on the PIPH, visit their website here.  Click the pamphlet on the right for more information on the PIPH's Big Sweep events.

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