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OLLI Team and volunteers collaborate to clean up the Wild Side of PE

By Jesica Slabbert - Feb 26, 2018
OLLI Team and volunteers collaborate to clean up the Wild Side of PE

The One Land Love It (OLLI) team, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) based in Port Elizabeth, rallied together with volunteers, including children from one of the poorest communities in the City, to help clean up the stretch of beach between Bushy Park and Laurie’s Bay; known as the Wild Side of Port Elizabeth.

The collaboration started when Andrew Stewart of One Land Love It, and a friend, Dave Pattle of Rhino Art, walked along the stretch of the Wild Side a few weeks ago. They started their walk at Sardinia Bay and half way to Seaview came across a section of the coast covered in litter ranging from large 45-gallon drums to the ubiquitous plastic bottles and packets.

They cleaned out what they could and decided to return and organize a proper beach clean-up.

As that stretch of coast is only accessible by traversing a private farm, access had to be arranged. This done, they spoke to a number of groups who are involved with other beach clean ups.

Local stakeholders, including Raggy Charters and PE Master Swimmers, also helped spread the appeal for volunteers while Khanya Cleaning Services and the beach office sponsored refuse bags.

In the end, about 50 people from all walks of life - local residents, concerned open water swimmers, environmentally conscious individuals and families including children, arrived for the clean-up.

“At one stage, I stopped to take in the scene; the rocks and beach were now littered with people of all ages collecting rubbish, and I couldn’t help but notice that the ages ranged from children of about eight years old to an elderly lady with a walking stick,” said Andrew.

All in all, approximately 80 refuse bags were filled with rubbish along with other items that could not fit into bags.

“The end result was so gratifying, not only because the beach was now in much healthier state, but because so many ordinary people heeded the call and gave up a Saturday morning with the sole purpose of trying to rid our beautiful land of the curse of litter,” stated Andrew.

“Collaboration with willing partners working for a common environmental purpose is what we need going forward. Thank you to all who participated.”

For more information on how partner with Olli see www.oneland.co.za