Several hundred people turned out on Saturday to support Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling campaign at a benefit at the Brunswick Heads Hotel, which also doubled up as a celebration for last week’s international court ruling limiting the Japanese whaling fleet from killing whales. Video Sharon Shostak, story below.
Sea Shepherd Australia has praised the management of Hotel Brunswick for its huge support of the conservation organisation after a second fundraiser staged at the pub on Saturday was hailed a big success.
The Hotel Brunswick invited Sea Shepherd Australia to hold the two fundraisers there over the past five months, handing over a total of $20,000 between the two events.
Adding to this, the Coopers brewing company also donated a percentage from every schooner of beer sold on the day to the conservation group.
Sea Shepherd Australia spokesperson Katie Watts said ‘it also would not be a successful and magical event without the community that comes together to open their hearts and wallets to ensure that the oceans are protected for generations to come’.
Ms Watts told Echonetdaily that ‘dynamic speeches to keep the ocean awareness coming’ were given by Sea Shepherd Australian director Jeff Hansen, Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson, crew members Vince Bourke, Jessica Guertin, Surfers 4 Cetaceans Howie Cooke, shark campaign coordinator Nicole McLachlan, and local supporter Tony Barry.
‘If you’re keen to experience the magic that happens at the Hotel Brunswick when Sea Shepherd come along, lock in Saturday 8 November as this will again help fund global campaigns to protect, defend and conserve our oceans,’ she said.