Megan Abrahams, a Year 9 student at Queen Elizabeth’s School, has been accepted by a leading UK environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), and is now their youngest regional representative.
Megan said ‘I’m really in to surfing and I love the beach, I was aware of the charity and wanted to apply to be a rep so I could give something back; the condition of our oceans is worrying. On applying they thought I would be a really good fit for the organisation and I started at the beginning of the year.’
Megan’s role is to connect and communicate the great work of SAS to her age group through various events and actions. She is undergoing training and has the support of two other local reps. Some of her activities so far have included membership referrals and attending events to promote the work of SAS.
‘I did my first Beach Clean event on Saturday 14th April at Croyde beach. It went really well with about 25-30 people taking part. The beach was quite clean to start with which was great, so we mainly picked up small bits of plastic… but we had gathered a lot by the end.”
Megan was especially pleased to have the support of her Tutor, who went above and beyond: "Mr Gillon (my Tutor) brought his daughter and dog to help us at Croyde for the beach clean, which I was delighted by."
This is a great development opportunity for Megan, where she'll have the chance to learn presentation skills, start to network and influence others. She has already been approached by a teacher at another College who is interested in her as a rep presenting an assembly about SAS in their school.
Megan wants to spread the message to her generation and continue the important and rewarding work that Surfers Against Sewage do. QE is keen to support Megan in her role and arranged for her to hold an assembly to talk to her peers about her work.
She advises us all to "be aware of what you're using, as lots of plastic can be very harmful to our oceans."
"I want to strike while the iron's hot and get involved with the work the school council is doing to reduce the use of plastics at QE. It's my goal to try to help us earn the title of a 'Plastic Free School' which only one other secondary school has achieved."
To find out more about Surfers Against Sewage and Megan’s work visit https://www.sas.org.uk/rep/megan-abrahams/