Hello! We are the Ness Family – Callyn (age 10), Jaclyn and Dave. We are Taekwondo students at J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy in Fox Point, WI. This September, we are testing for our black belts! Who would have thought five years ago we would make it to this point!
Part of the Black Belt test is to complete a community service project. Our project is going to be centered around plastics in our waterways. Callyn did her 4th grade yearlong school reseach project last year on plastics in our oceans and we decided to continue that important work but much closer to home...the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan).
Our project has three parts – we are going Participate, Educate, and Donate to help clean up and prevent plastics from entering our waterways.
First, we are hosting a beach clean-up on Saturday, September 26. This day was selected as part of the 35th Anniversary of the International Costal Clean-Up Day. This is a day when individuals and communities rally together with the common goal of collecting and ridding trash from the world's beaches. More than 12 million volunteers from 153 countries collect 220 million pounds of trash as part of the clean up!
Second, we are going to create a flyer and spread the word about the impact of plastic pollution on the Great Lakes and how people can reduce their plastic use. Even if people cannot participate in a beach cleanup, they can have just as big of an impact around their neighborhood. Litter in the neighborhood finds its way into the Great Lakes via storm drains on each street. Each person can clean up plastic and garbage in their own neighborhoods.
Third, we are going to raise at least $3,500 that will be donated to The Alliance for the Great Lakes, which is a nonprofit that works across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes. The Alliance is headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee. This nonprofit has received the Charity Navigator 4-star rating, the highest possible nonprofit rating, nine years in a row. We choose a goal of $3,500 in honor of the 35th anniversary of the International Costal Clean-Up day taking place in September 2020!
Please help us protect our region’s greatest resource and ensure clean water for the 40 million people who depend on it!
Pilsung and Thank You!
Callyn, Jaclyn and Dave Ness