Cape Town, 6 December 2017, Between 24 November and 10 December, the City of Cape Town plays host to the 2017-2017 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) for the 11th time since the inception of the yacht race in 1973.
Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, is one of the sponsors of the Cape Town stop-over of the VOR and was able to make it possible for over 240 primary, secondary and tertiary level learners from under-resourced schools around the Western Cape to attend the VOR schools education programme, which focuses on the global sustainability of our oceans.
“Through our partnership with the Amy Foundation, we were able to give these children the opportunity to explore the VOR race village and experience what the ocean race is all about and to learn more about the problems our planet faces due to pollution of the oceans,” said Jill Koopman, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager, Chevron South Africa.
The VOR schools programme, hosted at the race village at Cape Town’s Waterfront, combines fun, interactive educational activities to teach about the damaging effect of ocean plastic pollution on the sustainability of our oceans’ marine ecosystems and how each of us can play a role in reducing plastic waste from entering the sea. A tour of the race village allowed the learners to experience first-hand what life must be like aboard a race yacht, as they got to climb aboard the yacht exhibit.
The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Cape Town on 10 December, when the crews and their yachts set sail for Melbourne, Australia, across the Southern Indian Ocean, taking their message of ocean health along with them.