Canoe marathon helps to clean two rivers

2020-02-12 06:01
Euro Steel remains a sponsor of the Dusi Canoe Marathon and champion paddler Andy Birkett. PHOTO: anthony GROTE

Euro Steel remains a sponsor of the Dusi Canoe Marathon and champion paddler Andy Birkett. PHOTO: anthony GROTE

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EURO Steel have reassured the Natal Canoe Club (NCC) of their continued commitment to the Dusi Canoe Marathon, taking place on February 27 to 29.

The company also decided to make a difference to the state of river systems in KwaZulu-Natal after the recent chemical spill into the Baynespruit from the Willowton site.

“The major issue facing us right now is water quality,” said Doug Gow, the newly-elected chairman of NCC.

“The partnership with Euro Steel, who have invested in the Save Our Rivers campaign, will ensure direct action is taken on the issues the Msunduzi and uMngeni Rivers currently face.”

Euro Steel supports “Save our Rivers” which has four different action points on the river covering:

• sewer blockage monitoring in Pietermaritzburg;

• water testing of the uMngeni;

• a plastic and nappy pick-up team; and

• a water hyacinth-to-fuel plant at Pump­house Weir.

These teams operate daily to ensure a better quality river system for paddlers but more importantly, will improve the quality of potable water for both the for the communities residing alone the river banks as well as the greater Durban Metro area.

Colin Wilson, CEO of Euro Steel and a Dusi age category winner, has embraced the opportunity to invest in the community beyond the paddlers themselves.

“Our paddling team have provided exceptional results over the years, and continue to do so,” he said.

“This extension of our involvement towards ensuring good water for all is testament to our philosophy of partnering with people.

“As rivers are the life blood of our country, it is incumbent on us to expand on these activities on a national basis going forward. The lack of clean water is becoming critical.

“We will start this process organically and expand where possible.”

Newly-appointed Dusi chairperson, Shane Le Breton, added the initiatives brought forward by Euro Steel will add huge value to the race; and excite some older paddlers who may have thought the paddling challenge had lost its appeal.

“We’ll be announcing these changes in the weeks building up to the race and are sure that the focus on participant safety, spectator enjoyment and family involvement will be well received.”

“Taking dynamic activations from various sports and bringing them into the Dusi mix, we hope, will ensure that paddlers and supporters will see an active, positive shift in the event.

“Paddlers look for good water and the water system is currently at some of the most exciting levels in nine years,” said Le Breton.

International paddlers are again being attracted to the three-day challenge from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, with the Irish duo of Donnach Brennan and Tadhg de Barra confirmed to be part of the race.

Gameplan Media.

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