September 19th marked the annual Internal Coastal Clean Up Day supported by over 90 countries worldwide. How awesome is that!
I have not been part of the fun the past couple of years as it falls on the same weekend each year as a niece’s birthday in Plettenberg Bay.
I was happy to be part of the volunteer team again this year.
As with all years, there are donations from our community and sponsorship from various companies including The Waste Trade Company, General Motors South Africa, Colchester KwikSpar, Algoa Plastics, PPC Cement and many more.
I was amazed at the wonderful sponsorship and donations this year, affording the kids incredible goody bags and wonderful prizes – it was extremely heart warming.
There were 150 local kiddies (mostly from Colchester primary school) who participated in the day which started with homemade soup, rolls and apples at registration after collecting their t-shirts.
Before everyone set out on picking up what others have carelessly discarded, The Waste Trade Company’s representative Emmy Nxayeka gave a fabulously enthusiastic and all important environmental talk emphasising the importance of the three R’s:-
“In order to drive environmental change we need to start by educating our youth,” Kay Hardy, general manager of The Waste Trade Company.
The day ended with boerewors (sausage) rolls and cake as well as the much anticipated prize giving. The children get so excited wondering if they could possibility be the only boy and the only girl to win a bicycle. Before the final draw for the bicycles, there were 40 other great prizes including backpacks, food hampers and grocery gift vouchers.