The Sullivan Strauss Crime Watch took it upon themselves to neaten their streets and parks by hosting a clean-up on Saturday 16 November.According to the watch’s secretary, Lindsay Southgate, about 15 children joined in the litter clearing and wall painting efforts, with six adults from the community who lead by example.“We are a neighbourhood watch (NHW) in the Steenberg area covering Sullivan Street and Strauss Avenue. What we planned was to get the community involved on Saturday by assisting the NHW with the cleaning of our streets and painting over the graffiti on Strauss Park and the lane between Sullivan Street and Craddock Road.”She says the clean-up operation was held in preparation for an upcoming event which also aims to bring the community together.“Our aim was to get the community together and we wanted to do this clean-up for our annual carols by candlelight which we are currently planning. Last year we held one on the field and this year we’re hoping to do the same.”According to Southgate, the carols by candlelight event was able to expose the musical talents of residents and she hopes that this year’s event would once again get them to come out of their shells. “We get to see them play instruments that we didn’t know they could play, and the community can come and support them.”The event is usually held one week before Christmas.During the clean-up, the graffiti was covered with a new coat of yellow paint, adding some vibrant colour to the neighbourhood. The paint was donated to the watch by the City of Cape Town, Nice ’n Sweet confectionary shop in Retreat, family members and friends of the watch, Akeso clinic staff members and watch members.The clean-up began just after 09:00 with watch members feeding the children before taking on the day’s task and also ended with the happy helpers enjoying a meal before they returned home.Southgate says details of the carols by candlelight event will be released as soon as they’re finalised, so watch this space.