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Countrywide Big Jump this Sunday!


4th July, 2016, Budapest – This Sunday, on the 10th of July, at 3pm Hungary joins the celebrations of Big Jump with the biggest splash in the region. 15 municipalities, 8 counties and 8 rivers and creeks participate in this year’s Big Jump, dedicated to the Amazon of Europe. Apart from Danube, Drava and Tisza, Szamos, Sajó, Túr and Séd creek are participating as well, while Gyermely is dedicating its Big Jump event to give a name to its creek No. 207.

WWF Hungary accepted entries for the nationwide Big Jump Challenge 2016 until Danube Day (29th June) – for which 15 settlements registered this year. Besides celebrating European rivers, this day also marks the memorial day of the Mura-Drava-Danube Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, the ‘Amazon of Europe Day’ in our region. On this day, we salute the incentive, which aims at the transboundary preservation of the Danube’s drainage basins across 5 countries.

“It is an honor to welcome Heresznye as a partner this year – a small village, which is located in the area of the Biosphere Reserve. Their traditional Dráva Half Marathon on the 9th of July will be dedicated to the Amazon of Europe and they are organizing their own Big Jump with sports events on Sunday afternoon” – said Katalin Sipos, director of WWF Hungary.

It is of great privilege to welcome Nagykörű among this year’s locations, where together with Tiszatarján, we had our first ever Big Jump back in 2008.  This is the second year to have Sződliget, Törökszentmiklós and Sajóörös on the splash-map as they were among last year’s participants as well.

Herend will focus on Séd creek; in Sződliget, the local children’s summer camp will join Big Jump and splash into the Danube; and Nagymaros will organize their events on the town beach, which faces the beautiful Castle of Visegrád just across the Danube. The town of Cégénydányád, with merely 650 inhabitants is organizing an environmental education day about the wildlife of river Szamos; Ibrány will organize sport events on the riverbank of Tisza; and Túristvándi, will focus on the cultural heritage connected to river Túr.

People of Zebegény will jump off of dragon boats and canoes; locals in Vác will form a human chain to walk into the Danube; while in Gyermely, a – yet – no- name stream number 207 will earn its own, new name by the end of the day. This year, Kisoroszi organizes a Big Jump as well,  so both sides of the Danube in this area will participate, since just across the river WWF Hungary hosts the central event in Dunabogdány.

The Big Jump event of WWF Hungary is sponsored by Coca-Cola Hungary and the city council of Dunabogdány. WWF is organizing a bike tour from Budapest to the free beach and visitors will be expected from 11am at the venue. The first 300 who register for jumping will receive special gifts. There is also going to be a giant slide, crafts corner for the little ones and a beach volleyball championship as well. Right before jumping the Dunabogdány brass band is going to come and cheer the crowd.

See how Hungary jumped in 2015:













Győrszemere – Nagyszentpál


Madocsa – winner of Big Jump Challenge in 2015