Friday , January 22 2021

Sid's straw's success wins a movie

A spooky and conscious message about the saving of the Great Barrier Reef of single plastics made Sid-Crawshaw-10-year-old champion of the reef.

Sid received the 2018 Reef Champion Award: Reef Youth Under 15 Award to reduce plastic plates on Wednesday night at Yeppoon.

Sid said he had tightened the night a little bit.

"I was really nervous at the beginning but it was reassured to enjoy the moment because I was astonished and happy to win," said Sid.

"Being there for me felt like a victory myself."

Sid #? Be the night being in the company of other prize winners and nominees.

He said he also enjoyed the indigenous dance that was made during the night.

The award ceremony was hosted by the Reef Alliance with support from state and national governments.

The purpose was to recognize the work of farmers, extension officers, young people and community groups for their work by protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Sid wanted to get a message to others that anything that can be done to help reduce plastics is a good start.

"If everyone is just doing something to help it, it will help solve the biggest problem of plastic in our pathways," said Sid.

"When I learned that there was almost an island of plastic in the Pacific, I wanted to do something to try and stop it rising."

Fitzroy Basin Association's Rebecca French administrator said Sid had impressed judges so much that a special prize was made for him.

"Basically they made a category for the serious effort of someone so young doing what he did," Rebecca said.

"This is the first former category for this award, and Sid is a good role model."

Sid already has plans for the coming year to access more businesses to continue to prohibit single-straw straw.

During the award ceremony he met marine biologist Nicole Nash, based on Cairns and started the The Last Straw campaign.

Nicole won a 2018 Reef Champion Award: Reef Youth Champion at the ceremony.

"I spoke to Nicole during the night and we're going to work together next year to reduce single steps," said Sid.

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