Children are, by nature, inquisitive creatures.
I believe that many, most of the time, would love to be outside exploring, playing and having fun – that is certainly the case with my 2-year-old and all of my friends kids (both in sunny SA and here in slightly more rainy Wales!).
There are regular reports and debates in the media about how we humans are potentially killing off the planet and many informative articles and websites focusing on how we can all play our part in increasing our children’s awareness by getting them involved and encouraging them to ‘do their bit to be green’.
Whilst all aspects of saving the environment are equally important, because Gumby loved the sea and was an experienced diver, lucky enough to call Sodwana Bay his home, the Gumby Legacy is keen to focus on aspects of conservation specifically related to South Africa’s coastline and especially the coral reefs.
The Gumby Challenge has been set up with the aim of raising an awareness and interest in boys who, due to geographical location (Weston is inland about 2 hours away from the sea), otherwise may never give the ocean a second thought.
By encouraging and enabling children to research and really think about topics relating to the ecology and conservation of South Africa’s coastline, ocean and marine life, they may just decide it’s worth making the effort to do something about it.
And we all know that when children want something strongly enough, they a have a lot of fight in them to make it happen!