Volunteers — Volunteers

Gary McKenna

Gary McKenna

Irish-born Gary was snorkelling with his son Khai, now aged eight, over coral that had been damaged by the bleaching event of 2016. His son’s despair and his love of the Great Barrier Reef made him want to do something to help the underwater paradise that he had chosen to live beside. 

Azri Saparwan

Azri Saparwan

Proving that coral nurseries can help speed up regeneration of the Great Barrier Reef is motivating marine biologist Azri Saparwan to rally an army of volunteers for the cause.

Azri spends some 10 hours a week coordinating more than 40 coral crusaders to help clean and measure coral growing on frames at Fitzroy Island in the Great Barrier Reef’s first offshore nursery.

“I have volunteered on similar projects in the Maldives and Singapore so am keen to see coral successfully grown here on the Great Barrier Reef,” he says.

“This island is my home, as I have been working at...


Dimity Magnus

Dimity Magnus

No-one could deny Dimity Magnus’s passion for the Great Barrier Reef – not only did she acquire her dive ticket just to get involved with coral nurseries, she also travels from Perth to Cairns to help regenerate the Reef.