Past Event Report
August 17, 2009
Sea Shepherd Honors Xavier Rudd with Rock the Boat Award
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is honored to recognize long-term supporter Xavier Rudd with the Rock the Boat Award. The Award is presented annually to musician supporters who contribute the most to Sea Shepherd campaigns to defend, conserve, and protect ocean wildlife. The award was first presented to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2007 at the Sea Shepherd 30th Anniversary Gala in Santa Monica, California. Rudd is the second recipient of the award.
Rudd has been an ardent supporter of Sea Shepherd campaigns over the last several years. He has hung the Sea Shepherd Jolly Roger flag on stage during his concert tours and has encouraged his followers to support Sea Shepherd. On his current North American concert tour, Rudd invited Sea Shepherd to participate by having outreach tables at each venue location to raise funds and awareness for the cause. Additionally, Rudd’s song “Better People” acknowledges the good work of Sea Shepherd and other groups; the music video for the song utilizes Sea Shepherd footage.
Rudd also visited the ship while it was docked in Brisbane, Australia prior to the launch of Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign: Operation Musashi last fall to meet with Captain Watson and crew to learn more and find out how he could help.
Said Captain Paul Watson, “Music is a powerful media and it is an essential tool for increasing awareness and raising support. We all have the power to change the world in so many different ways and musicians like Xavier Rudd are blessed with the ability to convey messages powerfully with great emotion.”
Sea Shepherd is honored to have the support of such a talented and dedicated musician.
photos credit Susan Weingartner