Community clean-up drive
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.
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