Sherry Lankston wrote -
An aquatic relay to raise awareness!
Do you know about the Living Coast Discovery Center? No? That's okay...not many people do! It's a little hidden jewel in Southern San Diego, home to green sea turtles, sharks, bat rays, Moray eels, hundreds of fishes, eagles, owls, falcons, and more...all there to help educate kids and their families about local wildlife, conservation, and appreciation of the living Earth. Located on a salt-water marsh in a Wildlife Refuge, the Living Coast is in a class all of its own.
·Click here to learn about the animals that call this place home.
· Click here to watch a video about the schools that hold their classes there.
·And here’s an adorable video showing a Sea Turtle encounter!
It's small and doesn't have the same kind of national recognition or support that larger zoos and aquariums have (yet), like Birch or the San Diego Zoo. Let’s come together to show our support for the underdog!
SO! Here's the plan.
We're going to swim/snorkle/kayak/paddle board/SCUBA dive the San Diego coastline to raise awareness for this beautiful place and the amazing animals and habitats that it holds dear.
Really. From La Jolla- down to Coronado. (see map).
Personally, (Sherry) I'm going to attempt to swim the whole thing. It's a bit over 20miles. And I'm not even in that good of shape!!! Plus, my biggest fear is being eaten by a shark and October is one of the higher shark attack months...BUT…It's that special and that unique of a place that I’m willing ‘risk’ life and limb ;)
While swimming, we'll be filming the journey:
- answering questions from you guys while swimming in the great blue
- taking water samples & documenting any pollution found
- photographing wildlife and habitats
- SCUBA diving to get below the surface each day!
All of this, you'll experience with us and…
If you're in San Diego? We'd love to invite you out to:
- join us out on the water! (kayak, paddle board, boating)
- participate in daily beach clean-ups
- join us each night at a different beachy location (TBA) to celebrate and rehash exciting adventures of the day
- The Living Coast has offered to bring out some of their amazing animals to visit with you along the way. Have you ever seen a Barn Owl on the beach? It's pretty cool.
We'd like to raise at least $50k to get started.
If you amazing people can join together to raise more, let's add some extra entertainment value!
$100k: Sherry will swim it...in a mermaid tail! Yup. And she'll stop by a few beaches IN the tail on the way down to say hello to kids and flop around in the surf.
Ready to up the ante?
$150k: We have two amazing guy friends who've been bribed. They'll swim along...in pink mermaid tails. We'll make sure they're fabulous!
$200k: San Diego will have its very own POD of mermaids. You can’t tell me that you don’t want to believe in mermaids. Somewhere in there, whether you’re a boy or a girl, is still a kid that wants to believe that they’re real. Well, we’ll make it happen. And we’ll give you the details of where to come and see us! I’ve got quite a few friends on the hook for this (no pun intended).
$250k+: The Living Coast Discovery Center will host an exclusive VIP evening next spring for all of you amazing supporters.** Animals encounters, mermaids in the shark tank, family activities, adult beverages, snacks, and more!
But…why swim? Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and diving the San Diego coastline will help raise awareness for the things that we can do to help keep our oceans and beaches healthy: water conservation, watershed/pollution, the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, & recycle!), wildlife conservation, and sustainable practices in our everyday lives!
ALL FUNDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER WILL GO INTO A RESTRICTED ACCOUNT RESERVED FOR THE CARE AND SUPPORT OF THE AQUATIC PROGRAMS: Daily feeding and care for the sea turtles, sharks, rays, octopus, and all the other cool underwater creatures that call LCDC home.
Want to join the team?
Are you a fan of kayaking, paddleboard, swimming, or snorkeling? Join the relay team and pick any leg you'd like. Get your friends and family to sponsor your miles and help us make a difference-then come celebrate with us at night! You'll get a full schedule well in advance so you can plan. and we'll have an in person round-up a week before the relay so that we're all on the same wave. (ha ha, see what we did there?) SwimSherrySwim@gmail.com
We need support crew! Have a boat? Like to talk long walks on the beach? Maybe you’re a videographer/photographer or have some other fun talent? Bring it! SwimSherrySwim@gmail.com
Are you a restaurant by the coast or water recreation company?
There are opportunities for you to get involved as well! They won’t cost anything out of pocket, but will still allow you to get recognition for supporting the cause while drumming up business for your company. Earned Marketing 101!
Large individual donations ($1000+) or Sponsorships options?
Send me a message and we’ll figure out how to get you the appropriate recognition and participation level.
The Swim itself!
La Jolla Shores to Turmoline Beach: ~5.5miles
Turomo to Mariner's Cove/Mission Beach: ~5miles
Ocean Beach (just the other side of the jetty) to Point Loma: ~5.5 miles
Point Loma to Coronado: ~5.5miles
Check out this page for more details! :)
Questions? Please ask! We're an open book.