Fourwheel Drive Club collect 150 bags of beach rubbish

2016-10-05 06:00
Children who helped with the beach clean-up are, back, Keegan Elliott, and in front, from left, Jason de Nyschen, Thomas Sampson, Kevin Matthews and Troy de Nyschen proudly showing off the pile of rubbish they helped to collect.                           Photo: SUPPLIED

Children who helped with the beach clean-up are, back, Keegan Elliott, and in front, from left, Jason de Nyschen, Thomas Sampson, Kevin Matthews and Troy de Nyschen proudly showing off the pile of rubbish they helped to collect. Photo: SUPPLIED

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EVERY year the Port Elizabeth division of the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa is granted special permission from the Beach Offices in order to drive their vehicles on the beach.

This is only allowed because of the International Coastal Clean-up that was scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 17 this year.

However, due to heavy rain the event had to be postponed to a beautiful Sunday the next day which allowed for a more successful clean-up.

All 15 vehicles had to be individually registered and had to include all drivers’ and passengers’ details. The clean-up stretched from Maitlands beach to Gamtoos River Mouth.

According to Inge Elliott, a member of the club, approximately 150 bags of rubbish were collected, and included many a plastic crate and lobster catch that wouldn’t fit into a bag.

“It also included things that one would not usually expect to find washed up on a beach. A whole pumpkin, a brassiere, numerous toothbrushes, a whale’s vertebrae, and sadly some sea creatures as well,” said Elliott.

She added that the committed cleaners comprised adults and children.

“Well done to all the committed cleaners of all ages for their backbreaking efforts to help keep our environment clean,” said Elliott.

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