Meet the friends who clean Durban's beaches for free

2016-05-25 13:10

Durban - A pair of Durban men have rallied their friends together and taken it upon themselves to clean up Durban's beaches.

After several successful unofficial beach clean-ups, the two have taken to social networking site Facebook to source more volunteers and widen their reach.

Luc Quevavilliers said that he had felt compelled to act when he saw rubbish piled high on the beaches over Easter Weekend.  

Before and after photos of the beach. (Photos supplied)

"There was another beach clean-up near Virginia and on the way back I went past Blue Lagoon and I could see the massive mounds of plastic at the estuary. I put a call to action on Facebook and roped in a few friends to see if we could make a dent in it," he said.

"The first time we went, there were six of us and we were impressed [by] how much we achieved over three days," Quevavilliers said.

Do something about it

It was then, with the help of friend Dale Johnson, that Quevavilliers "formalised" the clean-ups by forming a Facebook group.

"We formalised it into a Facebook group and this helps us organise more frequent events," he said.

"The most impressive thing was spreading the word on Facebook and that awareness turned into a physical action of cleaning up a mess."

"You can complain about something or you can do something about it, there was nothing stopping us from cleaning the mess," he said.  

For more information on the group, search #CleanBlueLagoon on Facebook.  

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