WWF Big Jump 2017: Let’s Jump Together For The Living Rivers On 9 July

  • 23 Jun 2017 9:00 AM
WWF Big Jump 2017: Let’s Jump Together For The Living Rivers On 9 July
On the 9th of July, at 3pm Hungary joins the celebrations of Big Jump with the biggest splash in the region. Big Jump aims at reconciliating people with their rivers. This project will induce the citizens to reconquer their rivers and wetlands and will revive the powerful links that used to bind people to these spaces.

Reconciliation is an essential element to gain people's support to the big European restoration effort for rivers and wetlands, this huge project being expressed in the Water Framework Directive of the European Community.

The “Big Jump” project includes numerous actions on the main European water basins, like the organisation of a serie of transboundary swimming days on different European water basins. Educational events on the theme of water quality or river restoration are always held during these actions.

WWF Hungary invites all cities, municipalities and communities to organise their own Big Jump or join the one nearest to them on Sunday, 9th July, 2017 at 3 pm.

WWF is organising it’s own BIG JUMP at the beach of Tiszalök and welcomes all communities who feel like joining.

We are organising plenty of fun events on the spot such as beach football, an interactive, educational game about our rivers and a watershot-fight (make sure you have your own splash-weapon in case our supplies run out). Also, the adventure park nearby will provide 25% discount off its entry fee for those who are participating in the jump.

We are launching a challenge among the organising groups and locations to find out which Big Jump had the biggest splash!

All you have to do is send a documentation of your own Big Jump event to regisztracio@wwf.hu email address by 11th July 11:59 pm.

The documentation should contain the following:

- A video of 2-4 minutes of the Big Jump event
- 5-8 photos of the event
- A short, written summary of the event including the exact location (town, river), the approximate number of the participants, and a description of why this Big Jump was the biggest one.
- Name, phone number and e-mail address of a contact person
The prize of the winner town or community is that WWF Hungary will visit the winner with its interactive, environmental education program for a day, when children and adults can learn about the importance of our wetlands in an exciting social game.

Why is it worth to take the challenge?

1) To show the whole country that Big Jump makes the biggest splash at our place and that our river, our bank is the most beautiful.
2) Because even though we are expats and or students studying in Hungary, we’d like to express our love for our rivers.
3) Because we’re in for every summer day of fun that includes water loved by lots of people willing to jump and, of course ̶ the panda.

What kind of event can we apply with? Does it have to be jumping? What was the Big Jump like earlier in other places? What is the background of the Big Jump? How long has it been organised in Europe?

You can find the answers with all the important background information on the website of WWF Hungary

Photos: Merle István

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