Beach Buddies is celebrating its 10th anniversary year with a Pride in Mann nomination.
Founder Bill Dale picked up an award at last year’s awards ceremony but that hasn’t stopped him being nominated again, this year in the Charity and Volunteers category.
He was nominated by Onchan resident Ricky Jupp, who said the efforts being made to clean the enormous amounts of rubbish that ends up on the island’s beaches really showed. And he praised Bill for the effective way all the volunteers operate under his guidance and encouragement.
Bill said it was ‘real honour’ for the volunteers to be nominated: ‘We have a fantastic group of volunteers and wonderful support from the public, and it makes Beach Buddies into something a bit special and gives recognition to every single person who has taken part in an event.
‘When Beach Buddies was created in 2006 with just two volunteers we had no idea of the size of the task ahead of us, with more than 20 years’ of rubbish having collected on some of the island’s beaches.
‘In our 10th anniversary year, Beach Buddies is now known as an organisation with a serious cause to be addressed, and the number of volunteers continues to grow, to the point we have passed the amazing figure of 6,000 individual names on our list.
‘And this doesn’t take into account the hundreds, possibly thousands, more who are quietly getting involved by using the “Beach Buddies Big Beach Bins” which have been placed at access points to beaches around the island.’
He said the next stage for Beach Buddies, now a registered charity, is to find a way to fund more bins at access points and car parks near glens, plantations and footpaths, and to tackle the increasing problem of roadside rubbish.
‘We have received generous sponsorship for our bins from individuals and companies, and we hope more will give us support so we can do even more to transform our beautiful island.
‘The target, which we believe is just around the corner, is that we can throw down a challenge to claim the Isle of Man has the cleanest beaches in the British Isles.’