BEACH CLEAN UP

Rub­bish in the ocean up­sets girls

Whanganui Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL BROOKS

Ruby Mus­son and Paige Stead, St Ge­orge’s School Mul­ti­sport Cap­tain and Head of Sports re­spec­tively, will be at Castle­cliff Beach this Satur­day, lead­ing a clean-up of the shore.

“At school, Years 7 and 8 have been do­ing So­cial En­ter­prise, and we had to come up with some­thing that would help the en­vi­ron­ment or help some­one,” says Ruby.

“We were at Na­tional Young Lead­ers’ Day in Palmer­ston North,” says Paige, “Ri­ley Hath­away does a TV pro­gramme called Young Ocean Ex­plor­ers and we were in­spired by her. She was telling us how there was so much rub­bish in the ocean and we need to start do­ing some­thing about it.”

“We did a stall at the mar­kets sell­ing home-made can­dles, and we’re rais­ing money to give to her or to char­ity,” says Ruby. “Also, on Au­gust 4 we’re go­ing to be do­ing a beach clean-up, get­ting rid of the rub­bish.”

Ruby and Paige are or­gan­is­ing the clean-up and want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to get in­volved. Helpers are asked to meet in the carpark by the Duncan Pavil­ion at 1pm on Satur­day.

Ruby and Paige ex­pect the clean-up to last un­til about 2.45pm.

The pub­lic are asked to sup­ply card­board boxes or paper bags in which to put the rub­bish, al­though the girls are look­ing to ask a spon­sor for paper bags.

“We don’t want to use plas­tic bags,” says Ruby. “The rub­bish we col­lect will go to an­other group at our school. They are mak­ing art from re­cy­clables.”

If the weather is re­ally bad, the clean-up will be held the fol­low­ing Satur­day.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

Paige Stead (left) and Ruby Mus­son are out to clean the beach.

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