Happy World Reef Day
1 June, 2023

How You Can Celebrate World Reef Day

Celebrate the diversity and unique importance of our coral reefs on World Reef Day, June 1, 2023! Join with scientists, activists and regular reef enthusiasts across the world in spreading awareness of reef protection, restoration and recovery. Discover how you can celebrate World Reef Day with Australian Fundraising!

World Reef Day ’23

Celebrate World Reef Day: Protecting the Ocean’s Lifeline

World Reef Day is a global initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and the urgent need to protect these fragile ecosystems.

Observed on June 1st every year, this day serves as a reminder of the critical role that coral reefs play in supporting marine biodiversity, providing livelihoods for millions of people, and serving as a barometer for the overall health of our planet’s oceans.

More than 70 Traditional Owner groups have rich, ongoing connections, rights, interests and aspirations in the land and sea country of the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian Fundraising and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation extend their deepest respect and recognition to all Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef as First Nations Peoples holding the hopes, dreams, traditions and cultures of the Reef.


The Importance of Coral Reefs

While we celebrate coral reefs across the world on “World Reef Day”, in Australia, there is no denying that we have a special role in protecting our unique living icon: the Great Barrier Reef.

Coral reefs are often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea” due to their incredible biodiversity and complex ecosystems. They provide a home for a quarter of all marine species, including fish, crustaceans, sponges, and countless other organisms. Additionally, coral reefs protect coastlines from erosion, act as nurseries for fish and other marine life, and support the livelihoods of millions of people through tourism, fisheries, and other industries.


Get Your School Involved!

Here at Australian Fundraising, we make it possible for your school to not only raise money for your own projects. When you choose the Go Green prize option for our Colour Explosion, Slime Spectacular, Colour Splatacular or Classic School Run 4 Fun you can help to plant new coral on the reef through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Find out more here.

Great Barrier Reef - Ningaloo Coast

The Great Barrier Reef


Protect the Reef!

On this World Reef Day, the spotlight is on the numerous human-induced and natural factors that contribute to the decline of our precious reefs. The Great Barrier Reef, in particular, is facing mounting pressures from various sources, including more frequent and intense natural events like cyclones, as well as pollution and deteriorating water quality.

Although it seems like a daunting task to try and save the Great Barrier Reef, there is hope if many people work together. By investing in research, spreading awareness and making small but impactful changes to our day-to-day life, the Reef can be protected and restored for generations to come.

World Reef Day provides an opportunity for individuals, communities, and organisations to come together and take action to protect and preserve coral reefs. Here are some meaningful steps we can take:


  1. Raise awareness: Spread the word about the importance of coral reefs through social media, educational events, and community outreach. Share photos, facts, and stories that highlight the beauty and vulnerability of these ecosystems.


  1. Reduce carbon footprint: Combat climate change by adopting sustainable practices in our daily lives. Reduce energy consumption, choose renewable energy sources, and minimise carbon emissions. Supporting policies and initiatives that prioritise the transition to a low-carbon economy is also crucial.


  1. Practice responsible tourism: when visiting coral reef destinations, choose eco-friendly tour operators and resorts that prioritise sustainable practices. Avoid damaging or touching coral, and never purchase coral-related products.


  1. Promote sustainable fishing practices: support sustainable fisheries and choose seafood options that are harvested responsibly. Avoid purchasing fish caught using destructive methods such as dynamite or cyanide.


  1. Engage in reef restoration: participate in local coral restoration projects or volunteer for beach clean-ups to help reduce pollution and improve the health of coral reef ecosystems.


Celebrate World Reef Day with Your School!

World Reef Day provides an excellent opportunity for teachers and parents to engage children and students in learning about the importance of coral reefs and the actions we can take to protect them. By getting involved in the conservation efforts on this special day, we can inspire a sense of environmental stewardship in the younger generation. Discover 3 ways you can get involved in protecting our Reef on World Reef Day:


  1. Organise Educational Activities

You can plan educational activities that help children understand the significance of coral reefs. These activities can include watching documentaries, reading books or articles about marine life, and engaging in discussions about the threats facing coral reefs. Incorporating arts and crafts, such as creating reef-inspired artwork or designing posters with conservation messages, can further enhance their understanding and creative expression.


  1. Conduct Virtual Field Trips

Incorporate virtual field trips into the classroom or home learning environment, allowing children to explore coral reefs from the comfort of their seats. Utilise online resources that offer interactive tours, virtual dives, and educational videos showcasing the beauty and biodiversity of coral reefs. This immersive experience can ignite curiosity and motivate children to protect these precious ecosystems.


  1. Make A Difference | Go Green option!

Your school or group has the unique and powerful opportunity to contribute to the recovery and long-term conservation of the Great Barrier Reef! Not only can your school or group experience an awesome School Run 4 Fun, but you can also choose to replace your incentive prizes with a donation to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

For every $20 raised by your school or group, the Foundation will plant a coral on the Great Barrier Reef and support further research into how we can restore our precious reef for future generations

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You play a vital role in shaping the next generation’s understanding and appreciation of our natural world! If your school or group would like to celebrate World Reef Day while fundraising for your own worthy cause, get in touch with Australian Fundraising! Submit a booking form below, or contact our friendly team of Fundraising Specialists on 1300 133 022 today!

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