Students are raising funds to help the Sumatran children

Australian students have raised $70,000 through SchoolAid which is being distributed by SurfAid International to children in West Sumatra who were badly affected by two major earthquakes in Padang late last year.

Earthquakes of 7.9 and 6.3 magnitude struck Padang on 30 September and 1 October, killing more than 1,100 people, injuring thousands more and leaving hundreds of thousands of families homeless and traumatised. More than 200,000 houses and 1,078 schools were severely or moderately damaged, and 50 per cent of health facilities were rendered non-functional.

SchoolAid, a student-led philanthropy program that empowers kids to help other kids in need, launched the Asia Pacific Emergency Appeal immediately after the disaster. One hundred and eighty three Australian schools took action in the appeal.

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Matt Argyle will attempt a Guinness World Record

Matt Argyle (Chairman of the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) and ranked 2nd in the UK for stand up paddleboarding), Claire Blacklock (UK women’s stand up paddleboard champion) and Simon Bassett (BSUPA head coach) will be joined in June by longboarding champion Elliot Dudley and UK stand up paddleboarding champion Jock Patterson for the crossing attempt, which could see them break a Guinness World Record™ along the way.

In the first event of its kind, the paddleboarders will set off from Dover and aim to arrive in Calais around five hours later, having completed the crossing of the world’s busiest shipping lane. The event will be taking place between 18th-25th of June, with the paddlers waiting for the best tide and weather conditions in which to make the 21-mile crossing. If the paddlers are successful they will be the first stand up paddleboard team to have ever crossed the English Channel, and could potentially break the record for the fastest paddleboard crossing as well.

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Exxon Valdez

The Valdez spill, which occurred in March 1989, is regarded as one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters.

The spill contaminated nearly 1,300 miles of shoreline and ruined the Alaskan fishing industry.

More than 20 years after the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Prince William Sound, Alaska, an estimated 21,000 gallons of the 11 million gallons spilled still exists on area beaches.

This is a direct result of the beach's composition. There are two existing levels of gravel.

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