Bali's Big Eco Weekend 2012 Raises Over US$250,000

Corporations United and Raised Over USD 250,000 for Bali, Picked Up 1,500kg Waste in Two Hours

Executives from two major Australian companies Terry Davis (Group Managing Director Coca-Cola Amatil) and Greg Healy (President Director Quiksilver), along with world-famous surfing legends Mark Richards, Tom Carroll, Martin Potter, Matt Hoy and Jake Paterson, came to this year’s Bali’s Big Eco Weekend to clean up Bali’s most iconic beaches. On July 8th, 2012 at Kuta Beach-Bali, the presenting companies Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver officially opened this year’s biggest eco festival with the unveiling of the new major sponsor, Garuda Indonesia. At the press conference held after releasing 1200 baby sea turtles, the two Australian companies revealed this year’s major contribution from Indonesia’s number one airline company, Garuda Indonesia: funding to support the purchase of 2 Barber Surf Rake Beach Cleaning units.

“Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver have been helping to keep Bali Beaches Clean and Safe every day since July 2008, but this year we opened our doors to other industries and individuals who want to contribute,” says Bruce Waterfield, Business Services Director Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia.

This year’s Bali’s Big Eco Weekend event aims to give something tangible to the communities of Kuta, Legian, Jimbaran, Seminyak, and Kedonganan. A golf tournament was held on Friday, July 6th at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, gathered around 100 representatives from top industries and business personalities who are eager to swing for a cause. Among the companies who became major sponsors of the event are Garuda, Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Hard Rock CafĂ© Bali, Frigoglass, Meratus Group, Telkom Indonesia, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The golf tournament, along with auctions and music events held over the weekend, all contributed to raise over USD 250,000. Such was the power of having the surf legends come to Bali that their precious surfboards at auction contributed to over USD 80,000 alone.

On Sunday morning, July 8th 2012, a ‘Big Bali Beach Clean Up’ was held in Bali’s five iconic beaches of Jimbaran, Kedonganan, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, where thousands of CCAI and Quiksilver employees, local residents, and tourists came and picked up trash along 9 km of beach front. A total of 1,500 kg of waste have been taken off the five beaches in a mere two hours, which is not something to be proud of!

“The goals for this year’s BBEW were clear,” said Paul Hutson, CEO Quiksilver Southeast Asia. “We wanted to focus more attention to enable others industry individuals to help in the effort to keep Bali Beaches Clean. We received some fantastic support from Garuda and the other sponsors that will enable us to purchase 3 Beach Clean Up Units. Again, this is fantastic – but it’s still not enough and both Coke and Quiksilver will be looking for more supporters and sponsors at the 2013 event.”