Seeds sown for community involvement

2019-12-10 06:00
Jackie Plank does her bit at the Maynardville clean-up held on Saturday 23 November.

Jackie Plank does her bit at the Maynardville clean-up held on Saturday 23 November.

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A clean-up of Maynardville Park on Saturday 23 November might have sown the seeds for an initiative that could grow into a regular community-driven event.

The clean-up was a response to a chat on the Wynberg West Group 1 WhatsApp group.

Residents exchanged comments on a photograph posted by Edna Swart, a Wynberg resident. The image showed litter, strewn all over Wilson Road. Next another resident, Jackie Plank, posted an image which read, “It’s not my garbage, but it’s my planet”.

A few messages later, and the time, date and meeting place (under the giant rubber tree at the top of Wellington Avenue) was set for the clean-up.

The small but enthusiastic turnout of adults and young ones donned plastic gloves and spent the next two hours filling one garbage bag each.

“It was ‘no big deal’ and yet it could be the tiny spark that could be nurtured into a regular act of community care and connection,” says Plank.

A huge amount of small plastics, like sweet wrappers, straws, bottle tops and potato chip packets was collected.

“If people simply took 15 minutes to stop and pick up little bits of litter individually or in groups, we could wax the litter problem in the park in no time. And set a great impulse of love into nature and the neighbourhood,” says Plank.

Another clean-up is planned for Saturday 14 December at 9:00, again meeting at the rubber tree. Residents who would like to participate are asked to bring bags, rubber gloves and goodwill.

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