Forgetting the monthly clean up and enjoying the beauty of the city was all that mattered for the volunteers from around Kensington and Factreton areas.They were treated to day-long festivities at the V&A Waterfront as part of their volunteer appreciation day on Saturday 30 November. Eight volunteers enjoyed lunch, a tour and a boat ride sponsored by Yacoob Yachts at the Waterfront. They also each received a small gift and food hampers for their families. The treats were donated by the KenFac Residents and Ratepayers’ Association illegal dumping committee.Leslie John Swartz, chair of the association, says this was to celebrate the role the volunteers play in the community. He says it is through these volunteers that the association can spread the word about the importance of a clean and tidy community to residents, and their pro-activity helps create a new culture.He says the association values these volunteers for their dedication to keeping the area clean. “It is an expression of our gratitude and a way of saying thank you for their support and dedication to our association’s sustainability vision. It is a vision that is supported by three critical pillars: environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and improved social conditions,” says Swartz.Swartz says proactive endeavours are bringing about greater awareness with people and residents are starting to show some pride in the area. “Illegal dumping seems to have declined and our partnership work with the City of Cape Town solid waste department is working well,” he says.He attributes this to the new drop-off facility which opened last year.“We see 1 500 vehicles making use of it per month. We have started seeing a noticeable improvement with more and more people using it. Our collections are happening soon, and turnaround times are improving with residents also taking a stand against offenders,” says Swartz.Rubert van Blerk, the association’s member for illegal dumping, says the committee works directly with the volunteers. And considering what they have done for the community throughout the year, it is good to give them a different experience, away from their communities.