Armed with wheelbarrows, hardy shoes and gloves and, inspired by the spirit of ubuntu, residents from Merrivale, Merrivale Heights and Birnamwood set out to pick up litter from Cedara Agricultural College to the bridge over the highway. This clean up covered about 1,5km of road, with many more than the expected handful of volunteers turning out. Notable support came from; Skip Go who sponsored the use of a skip, Merrivale Xtra group and SA Recycling for bags, St Joseph's Theological Institute for endless helping hands, Merrivale SuperSpar and Tops for juice, treats and hands-on help. Pam Passmoor and Janis Homes from the DA uMngeni pitched in as did a large number of residents, all offering their labour, funds, fuel or bags for the morning clean up.
Also deserving of a mention is our uMngeni Municipality who promptly responded to this effort by collecting the packed up rubbish bags within a couple of hours of being advised that the work was complete.
The driving lady behind this successfully executed clean up, Kate Janse Van Rensburg said, 'My cup is full again. What I thought was impossible turned into a restoration of my faith in humanity.'
Well done to all involved, may the spirit of ubuntu continue to spread among the KZN, Midlands.
Pictured below: Kate with her family.