Sustainable Seas Trust


Prof Tony Ribbink at our Club meeting on 21 October 2014 where he delivered an update address on the activities and progress of SST. The SA Hope Spots have now been identified and Algoa Bay  is one of them.

SST team SST TonyR

Raising awareness about something is the first step towards action. Sustainable Seas Trust aims to raise awareness about environmental issues by communicating with the public and sharing knowledge with them. This communication takes place in the form of filmsmedia releases and even lectures. SST strives to empower people with this knowledge, allowing them to empower others and take action towards leading a more sustainable lifestyle.

Sustainable Seas Trust is also driving a project that will lead to the declaration of Hope Spots around the South African coastline. Since Hope Spots have been defined as “special places that are critical to the health of the ocean” and South Africa definitely has no shortage of these, the declaration of Hope Spots will be exceedingly important for driving awareness, education and action in South Africa and for preserving our beautiful oceans.

Our Club’s relationship with SST  is the result of a presentation made by them to our Club. They have a base situated in Kenton and, as a coastal town, we are interested in anything to do with operations affecting our community. We support their efforts in raising awareness and education of members of the community.


LN-4 – Give Hope Give a Hand  2014 The Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation

We provide a light, durable, functional prosthetic hand to every person who wants one and can benefit from it, and do so at no charge.hey, click here to see the video , this is a little, recent video that demonstrates our mission better than words.

Our relationship with this amazing, life changing project also came about as a result of our presence at the Lisbon Conference. Ambassadors Karen Thompson and Greg Williams so impressed us that we invited them, through our District, to give a presentation at our District Conference aboard the MSC Opera in April 2014. They spent a few days with us prior to the conference and trained some of our members to be able to ‘give hope, give a hand’. A hand was given to a local farm worker who had lost a hand on an accident. What an amazing experience to give this man back most of the functions of the lost hand.

A 2nd recipient was a young man with a birth defect who also now has so many  more ways in which he can use his new hand. This programme is on-going and we hope to identify more recipients as the word spreads.

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