The Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay has teamed with Ford Motor Co. for a series of “Nothin’ but Sand” clean-up events, beginning Saturday, May 21 at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.

Volunteers who take part in the “Drive One 4UR Beach” campaign by collecting debris and test driving a Ford vehicle on site will earn a $50 donation from Ford to support Heal the Bay beach clean-up programs. They will also be eligible to win the key to a new, eco-friendly Ford vehicle at Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17.

Test drives will start at 9 a.m., with clean-ups beginning at 10 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old or accompanied by a parent. Test drivers must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license.

“Clean-ups are a great way to take direct action to improve the health of our local environment,” said Meredith McCarthy, Heal the Bay’s programs director. “Volunteers can leave with a good feeling about the ocean, not to mention a good chance to win a new car.”

Following the Dockweiler event, the Heal the Bay-Ford cleanup campaign shifts to Will Rogers State Beach June 18 and Aug. 20 and Playa del Rey July 16. At each clean-up, one lucky volunteer will win a “virtual” key that could potentially start the winning vehicle at the final Coastal Cleanup Day event, a Heal the Bay spokesperson said.

To increase their odds of winning, volunteers can come to all the Nothin’ but Sand clean-ups this summer and take a test drive.

Bags and gloves will be provided. However, to help cut down on the number of bags used, volunteers are asked to bring a bucket or bag from home.

To register and for more information about the Ford clean-up events, www.healthebay.org/event/nothin-sand-beach-cleanup-6.

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