Group Cleans up Saweni Beach

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Rub­bish thrown along the Saweni beach in Lau­toka has be­come an eye­sore for Ca­tri­ona Ainsworth that she de­cided to do some­thing about it.

Hav­ing lived in Fiji for five years, the Aus­tralian na­tional con­sid­ers Fiji her sec­ond home. Ms Ainsworth said the bro­ken bot­tles and rub­bish scat­tered along the beach was an un­bear­able sight.

“Back in Aus­tralia they don’t even pro­vide rub­bish bins any­more on the beach, ev­ery­one has to take their rub­bish home so I’m not used to see­ing so much rub­bish strewn around,” she said.

“If you come here and sit, you’re just sur­rounded with rub­bish and bro­ken glass and I kept say­ing I would never be able to bring my grand­chil­dren here be­cause of the bro­ken glass and the other thing is the plas­tic in the sea, that’s not good for the marine life.”

She said her hus­band, Su­nia Ra­matau, posted a poster on Face­book ap­peal­ing for as­sis­tance and a group of nine joined the cause from 8am un­til mid­day last Fri­day. “This was my lit­tle way of serv­ing two pur­poses to clean up the beach and give them $20 each, lunch and trans­porta­tion, but I re­ally wanted to get this beach cleaned up. So we thought to set up a barter sys­tem and do Wailoaloa beach next, but we will get this one done first then we’ll see,” she said. Ms Ainsworth said she con­sid­ered her­self lucky to still be work­ing dur­ing this COVID-19 pe­riod.

“I work re­motely for mul­ti­cul­tural aged care and I do mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, it doesn’t mat­ter where I am, I can still do my job so I’m lucky I can con­tinue to work,” she said.

Ca­tri­ona Ainsworth (front left) with the group that cleaned up Saweni Beach in Lau­toka on May 29, 2020.

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