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River clean-up for Krynauw

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Krynauw’s mum, Jessie Serdyn, flanked by Secure Rite Security officers Abdul Hafeez Rhoda and Tommy O’Neil, who showed their support of the clean-up.Photos: Yaseen Gaffar
Krynauw’s mum, Jessie Serdyn, flanked by Secure Rite Security officers Abdul Hafeez Rhoda and Tommy O’Neil, who showed their support of the clean-up.Photos: Yaseen Gaffar

The life of Krynauw Serdyn, who would have turned 19 years old last Thursday (19 January), was remembered with a clean-up of the Lourens River at Goedehoop in Strand on Saturday 21 January.

Family, friends, neighbours as well as members of the Strand Neighbourhood Watch and Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement (Hoam) all came together, as they do every year, to remember Krynauw and his passion for the environment and nature.

The 12-year-old tragically died in 2016, after being shocked to death while playing outside in the rain. He was a learner at Hendrik Louw Primary at the time.

But the day was not about the heartbreaking passing of Krynauw; it was rather a celebration of his life and legacy of caring for nature, and this was honoured by cleaning the banks of the Lourens River to prevent pollution as well as clearing all the rubbish in the vicinity.

Krynauw’s parents, Jessie and Hennie Serdyn, expressed gratitude and thanks for all those who supported the cause, and were impressed by the dozens of plastic bags containing all the rubbish collected from the river banks.

The annual cleaning event has already been confirmed for next year.

Danielle and Michael Wessels armed with plastic bags and gloves.
Jessica Morgan and Lucille Kruger at the clean-up.
Wim Bester with his son Joaquin got their hands dirty.
Carli Serdyn and Alex Pattullo.
Lisa Starr of Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement crawled under the bushes to remove litter.
Christelle Fouche and Yolanda Hamman with their find, a trolley, deep in the river bank.
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