When John Mitchell, YuDiving dive centre owner in Manchester UK, asked his team if they were up for a Finathon challenge to help raise funds for sharks, they unanimously said yes. They had a moment of hesitation though when he announced that they would have to swim the English Channel. Well, the distance of the English Channel in the pool to be more precise.
It’s official Finathon month! Scuba divers are swimming to end finning as part of the Project AWARE Finathon showing they are FINatical about protecting sharks. To date divers have raised nearly $20,000 this year. Thank You!
As you show your support for shark conservation, your friends and family may ask you why sharks need protecting. I caught up with Ania Budziak, Associate Director of Science and Policy to help get you started with probably the most emotional issue when it comes to shark conservation- finning.
Finathon champions are full of imagination and bravery when it comes to setting their target distance! But it's not always about how far you swim, the Finathon for some is a personal fitness challenge or simply a little fun for a Fintastic cause.
Last month’s AWARE Update “What’s a Finathon?” answered your top questions about what’s involved. This month check out these ideas to help you choose a great Finathon team name, reach your fundraising goals and make your event fun, fantastic and successful.
What’s in a name? Finding the perfect Finathon team name is lots of fun! Brainstorm with your team of divers to come up with a unique name people can identify with.
Is it a funny name? A fun bunch of scuba divers? Or fundraising in fins? A big sharktastic round of applause if you answered all three.
It’s a funny name for a swimathon in fins. It’s the global fundraiser for scuba divers to raise a few dollars for sharks and of course have some fun. But there’s also a serious side to all the wacky shark costumes, flash mobs and epic swim challenges.
Scott Taylor, a proud 100% AWARE partner, led the charge for a fun filled Finathon together with The Scuba Team and the Aqua-Tots Swim School in Mesa, Arizona, USA. On Saturday, 15 March, swimmers of all ages had Sharky the mascot from SeaLife Aquariums cheer them on as they swam to fundraise for sharks.
The entertainment didn’t stop there. Games, aquatic themed face painting and a bounce house brought the crowds in, raising buzz and magnifying of the importance of shark protection.
100% AWARE Partner Scuba Junkie organised Shark Week this March in Pulau Mabul, Sabah, Malaysia. The event kicked off spectacularly with the tagline - '400 million years to perfect - 30 years to almost destroy' to inspire support for their shark conservation efforts.
Scuba divers jumped into the new year with a splash taking on a fit, fun and healthy Finathon challenge. What a great way to begin 2014. A Finathon is the perfect incentive to get fit, feel good and raise funds for your favourite ocean icon – the shark.
If you're enjoying a hot summer's day in California - it's a perfect day for a Finathon! "Thank you to Miranda and the team at Oceanside Scuba & Swim, California for their generosity in hosting me for their Project AWARE Finathon on August 31st. We swam in beautiful Southern California weather and raised awareness and funds for shark and ray protection," said Alex Earl, Executive Director, Project AWARE Foundation.