Com­mu­nity clean-up drive

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

Look­ing around town it is clear that lit­ter is a ma­jor prob­lem, of­ten ig­nored, with empty liquor bot­tles, plas­tic cooldrink bot­tles, sweet pa­pers and plas­tic bags strewn about.

Ryan Owsley re­alised the only way to get rid of lit­ter was if mem­bers of the com­mu­nity picked it up them­selves.

So, he mo­bilised the NGK Youth from his church to as­sist pick­ing up lit­ter around the Titi Jonas Mul­tipur­pose Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 10am on Satur­day.

He also asked other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to as­sist in the clean-up.

Al­though it ini­tially seemed as though many had not heeded his call for as­sis­tance, com­mu­nity mem­bers of all races be­gan to ar­rive to as­sist with the clean-up.

At 10am, with Owsley’s arm­ful of black refuse bags and a box of sur­gi­cal gloves, the sparse turnout be­gan pick­ing up lit­ter.

By 11am, some peo­ple from around the area joined in so that there were about 25 peo­ple in­volved in the ex­er­cise, each hold­ing a full bag of rub­bish.

Owsley said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to keep their ar­eas clean and that one could not sim­ply rely on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to do the job.

“We’ll be ar­rang­ing an­other clean-up in the area,” Owlsey said.

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

LIT­TER COL­LEC­TORS: Help­ing to col­lect lit­ter around the Titi Jonas Mul­tipur­pose Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Satur­day, are, from left, Ryan Owlsey, Ryle Mur­ray and Ray and Carol Oliver

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