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Children Heed Call in Clean up Campaign

A dive instructor in Taveuni was impressed by the level of interest shown by children and youths in his area when he organised a clean-up campaign on Saturday. Civic pride
18 Jun 2018 11:13
Children Heed Call in Clean up Campaign
Children who participated in the clean-up campaign at the Wairiki Foreshore, Taveuni on June 16, 2018.

A dive instructor in Taveuni was impressed by the level of interest shown by children and youths in his area when he organised a clean-up campaign on Saturday.

Civic pride moved Dive Academy Fiji co-owner and instructor Jone Waitaiti to organise a clean-up campaign at Wairiki Foreshore, Taveuni, on Saturday.

During his usual walk to this foreshore two weeks ago he was saddened to see piles of rubbish and decided to take photos and upload them on Facebook with an intention to raise awareness.

“My post was shared by hundreds of people, including those living in Europe,” Mr Waitaiti said.

“Firstly, I gave a chance to the nearby schools, local communities and church group to suggest a date where we can gather to clean up the area.

“Unfortunately, no one responded but I took a proactive approach and posted on Facebook that I would organise a clean-up campaign on June 16.

“To my surprise more than 40 children and ten youths arrived at 8am and we managed to collect two tonnes of rubbish containing plastic bags, alcohol cans, diapers and clothes by 1pm.

“I would like to thank all those who sacrificed their time to keep our environment clean.

“Also Meridian Store in Wairiki for collection of garbage, Viola Koch owner of Dive Resort and six employees from my academy for their assistance.

“This will reduce pollution of our ocean and prevent plastic bags getting into the whales’ stomachs.”

Cleanup campaign at Wairiki Foreshore in Taveuni Island on June 16,2018. Photo:SUPPLIED

Cleanup campaign at Wairiki Foreshore in Taveuni Island on June 16,2018. Photo:SUPPLIED

Youths who participated in the clean-up campaign at the Wairiki Foreshore, Taveuni on June 16, 2018.

Youths who participated in the clean-up campaign at the Wairiki Foreshore, Taveuni on June 16, 2018.

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Mr Waitaiti, originally from Lomaiviti and raised at Navaca Village on Taveuni Island, said: “I would like to humbly request the people living in and around Wairiki to respect their environment and have civic pride.

“If we choose to dispose the rubbish the right way I am sure we won’t threaten our environment and contribute negatively to climate change,” he added.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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