NEWS: Happy penguins in South Africa

15/09/2018 Around 20, 000 happy and excited volunteers from the Republic of South Africa gathered to participate in the World Cleanup Day, said Silindile Mncube, the leader of the South Africa World Cleanup Day. One of the good results of the day is that the penguins have much cleaner beaches now. With 1,221,037 km2 and a […]

15/09/2018

Around 20, 000 happy and excited volunteers from the Republic of South Africa gathered to participate in the World Cleanup Day, said Silindile Mncube, the leader of the South Africa World Cleanup Day. One of the good results of the day is that the penguins have much cleaner beaches now.

With 1,221,037 km2 and a population of over 57 million, South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa by land area. A long coastline stretches for more than 2,500 km along two oceans – the South Atlantic and the Indian, the purity of the oceans is one of the crucial issues for the country.

There were around 50 official cleanup events all across the country with approximately 20 thousand participants and many more unregistered, community driven spontaneous events. Although it was slightly raining in Cape Town, the volunteers were still very motivated to keep up the fantastic work. The main goal was to collect 5000 tons of rubbish and one beach only gave as much as the whole truck full of garbage!

“One reason for the smaller participants number than expected was the lack of funding and insufficient World Cleanup branded marketing,” says Silindile Mncube, who is still happy that many big organisations such as Taxify, International Peace Youth Group, Junior Chamber International and Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa showed up and supported the event.

The organisers are working closely with SANCCOB, an organisation that rescues and rehabilitates seabirds in South Africa. They, together with the Two Ocean’s Aquarium, gathered to clean the beaches for penguins. Shannon Elizabeth, a famous South Africa actress made a video about the event helping with the good cause.

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World Cleanup Day events can be followed through the homepage www.letsdoitworld.org. The 24-hour, non-stop World Cleanup Live Show will cover the cleanups across the globe. The show is hosted by Irish TV presenter and producer Colm Flynn and TV presenter Zihlo Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and will be broadcast from Tallinn, Estonia. It will be aired via the World Cleanup Day website https://www.worldcleanupday.org/and also via Facebook and YouTube channels.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the founding of the Republic of Estonia. World Cleanup Day 2018 is Estonia’s biggest gift to the world on its 100th anniversary. More information about the centenary events can be found at www.EV100.ee

More information:

Website:  www.worldcleanupday.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2018/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/letsdoitworld

Tiina Urm, Head of Communication

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