Over 100 learners from Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park braved the rain and cold to clean up the polluted Sunset Beach in Milnerton this past International Coastal clean-up Day.
While most people were tucked up in bed during the rain storms on Saturday 21 September, 110 learners from Joe Slovo Park were singing songs of optimism as they made their way to Sunset Beach in Milnerton for the annual International Coastal clean-up Day. One look at the filthy beach which was made worse by the storms bringing in litter from the ocean, and the learners knew they had their work cut out for them, but they were up for the challenge.
The event began with a safety talk about what can and can’t be collected during the clean-up, then a group of youngsters danced to their favourite beats on the Coca-Cola gigrig stage. After the show, the learners were given shirts, caps, and gloves by Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) and rubbish bags by Plastics SA, and they made their way to the beach for an hour and a half where they picked up 179 bags of litter, weighing 1 074kg. The 350m stretch of beach was unrecognisable after the learners tackled the litter problem, and they worked up an appetite.
PenBev fed the learners hunger with well-deserved fresh fruit and sandwiches, as well as refreshments.
Denise Green, PenBev’s Corporate Social Investment Manager comments, “We are so proud of the learners from Sinenjongo High School who showed their dedication to the environment by braving the cold to help clean-up the beach. We are passionate about environmental issues and support many of these types of initiatives as our commitment to enhancing the communities in which we operate in.”
The beach clean-up initiative was organised by Clean-C and supported by PenBev.
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