It started with an idea . . . the idea that everyone’s actions, big and small, are vital to the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

It started with a small group of businessmen chatting at the airport while waiting for their flight, wanting to do something to help the Great Barrier Reef. But rather than just talking about it, they took action and followed through on that idea. Thanks to that little idea, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was created in 2000, reflecting the United Nations World Heritage Convention that encourages the establishment of a national foundation whose purpose is to invite donations for the protection of world heritage sites.

Today, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation is the lead charity dedicated to raising funds for scientific research to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef and the world's coral reefs.