More to FMR than music

2016-08-24 13:41
Getting in some practice for the Robben Island beach clean-up in the Artscape foyer are, from left, John Kieser (Plastics SA), Cheri Scholtz (Petco), Zandi Nkala (sustainability manager Pick?n?Pay) and Elona Van Zyl (regional marketing manager Pick?n?Pay). Standing are Rodney Trudgeon (program manager of FMR) and Mark Jennings (station manager).

Getting in some practice for the Robben Island beach clean-up in the Artscape foyer are, from left, John Kieser (Plastics SA), Cheri Scholtz (Petco), Zandi Nkala (sustainability manager Pick?n?Pay) and Elona Van Zyl (regional marketing manager Pick?n?Pay). Standing are Rodney Trudgeon (program manager of FMR) and Mark Jennings (station manager). (GARY VAN DYK)

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Fine Music Radio is not just about sharing fine sounds on the airwaves – they’re also about ensuring a fine environment.

From tomorrow (Wednesday) they will be calling on listeners to join them for a clean-up campaign on Robben Island on Saturday 17 September.

Station manager Mark Jennings explains following the success of last year’s beach clean-up on Milnerton lagoon they will be partnering with Pick n Pay, PET plastic recycling company Petco and Plastics SA to take the trip to the island.

“We will be finding our sea legs and putting on our protective gloves to ensure a safe environment for the animal life on the island,” he says.

“Over the last century, Robben Island has lost 90% of its penguin population. In order for the remaining 15 000 birds to thrive, we need to ensure the sustainability of the island’s environment.

“Along with the penguins, the rich diversity of bird life include South Africa’s largest colony of breeding bank cormorants, the African black oystercatcher, sacred ibis and the egret.”

John Kieser, the sustainability manager for Plastics SA, was ecstatic about the station’s initiative, pointing out that this was part of the international coastal clean-up that takes part in most countries of the world annually.

“Its main aim is to raise awareness of an invisible pollution – that of marine pollution. We (Plastics SA) have been coordinating the clean-up for 20 years and this clean-up is dedicated to our biggest statesman, Nelson Mandela,” he says.

“Robben Island is a symbol of the struggle for freedom for so many in South Africa and it can serve as a view to a pollution that impacts all the seas and coastlines of the world. The plastics industry internationally is very concerned about the inflow of plastic material into the marine environment and is involved in many projects, apart from ensuring better waste management and recycling, to combat this scourge,” says Kieser.

“Last year the dedication of picking up, mainly small items, was magnificent and we collected more waste than beaches with larger litter pieces. The camaraderie and positivity of the FMR team and listeners will always be with me and I’m sure there will be many listeners who will want to be part of this initiative.”

Cheri Scholtz, CEO of Petco, says their organisation is also excited to be part of this initiative and wants to raise awareness of why plastic bottles are not trash.

“With events like these we want to inform people that plastic bottles can be recycled and used repeatedly,” she says.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), is the type of plastic that is commonly used as beverage bottles for carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, milk, juice, sports and energy drinks, jars, punnets, tubs and trays for food items, bottles for household and personal care and pharmaceutical products, as well as sheet and film for packaging.

Jennings says they are inviting 60 listeners to join them on this venture.

“From tomorrow we will be giving listeners the opportunity to be part of this project,” he says.

The “prize” includes the trip to the island on the ferry as well as light refreshments.

“We know that our listeners are passionate about the music we play, but they’re also people who are passionate about making a difference. The response to last year’s beach clean was proof of their commitment.”

Tune in to Fine Music Radio on 101.3FM or go to www.fmr.co.za for more information.


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