Towns Where to Meet-up
- Castro Marim
We will give you an indication of when to expect the SUP paddlers to go past each beach. This is an exchelent opportunity for you to get the people on the beaches below encouraging the SUP paddlers, and to afterwards spread the campaign message and to gather signatures for our petition.
- Ilha de Tavira
- Ilha das Cabanas
- Cacela Velha
- Praia da Lota
- Praia Verde
- Cabeco (Retur)
- Praia de Monte Gordo
- Praia de Santo Antonio.
All registered volunteers will be informed via e-mail of meet-up places and aproximate times. Meet-up places will be in a pre-identified location in one of the town centers of the towns mentioned above.
Tips for Gathering Petition Signatures on the day
Gathering petition signatures can be a fun and simple way to help us towards our target of 100 000 signatures. The tips below are great for sugestions if you want to assist us as a volunteer. It also gives you an idea of what to do and what to expect.
What to say
- The 'Hook.' Grab a pen and paper and come up with 3-5 short, snappy one-sentence 'hooks' to grab people's attention. The idea is to ask a question that would 1) serve as an opening to a conversation, 2) convey the essence of an issue, and 3) let folks know that supporting your cause is really easy.
Here are a few examples:
- Hi there, can you sign a petition telling our government to stop the exploration of oil and gas in the Algarve?
- Do you have a minute to save our dolphins?"
- Do you have a minuteto spare? I have a petition to save the Algarve tourism.
Come up with a bunch and experiment with which ones work best. See if humor works.
- Cater your message to your audience.
- Check out our talking points here. They'll be helpful when folks ask you questions.
Make it fun
Sure, some people will say 'no,' or they'll walk right by you, or they'll try and pull you into a debate about how wrong you are. Here are some tips on how to find the right people and come away from the experience with a strong sense of accomplishment.
- Bring a friend! It can be really fun to work together and develop a 'routine.' Or you can play some fun games:
- See who can get the most people to laugh while they sign the petition.
- Give each other a silly phrase that you have to work into conversation with people.
- Make it fun by wearing a costume or a funny hat.
- Enjoy humanity. You can bet that while doing this, you will meet some pretty great people along the way.
- If you hit a losing streak. Remember, the folks who ended segregation and expanded voting rights built their cause partly by using tactics like these. Isn't that inspiring?
What to bring. You don't need much, just:
- Comfy shoes
- And of course, lots of petition forms.
Location, Location, Location - Finding the right spot can make all the difference.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Casual gatherings of people
- The grocery store
- At work
- Farmer's markets
- The library
- Center of the town
- Riding public transport
- and of course ... the beaches
All in all you can turn this day into loads of fun. Along the way you can watch our friendly paddlers at sea doing their bit for the Algarve. The event itself should bring many people to the coastal towns and to the beaches.