Photo Credit: Save a Fishie

A massive coastal clean-up adventure is underway, set to tackle 100 South African beaches! Led by 20-year-old Zoë Prinsloo, the clean-up quest is already changing South Africa one coast at a time.


South Africa (29 May, 2023) — Some travellers take to pen and paper, keyboard or napkin to track all the awesome sights they’ve seen, new people they’ve encountered and experiences they’ve had on a trip. This coastal adventure goes something like that, barring a few differences. The biggest? This traveller is leaving every place she goes better off than when she arrived.

Led by 20-year-old Zoë Prinsloo, “Save a Fishie’s” Coast to Coast is trekking South Africa with a noble itinerary.

A project 5 years in the making, the big goal is to clean up over 100 South African beaches, with multiple explorations and cleanups on the cards for every day with the journey detailed on social media.

Just as many would watch a travel blogger depict places others have never seen, Zoë and her team’s endeavour is showing South African beaches as they should be seen — clean!

Kicking off in Big Bay, the journey will take Zoë and volunteers from sunset to sunrise coasts (West to East) until the end of July.

A project as ambitious as it is impactful, over 500kgs of litter have been removed already, adding to an overall weight of 9522kgs of trash — Save a Fishie has lifted off communities’ shoulders over time.

Some beaches surprised the coastal cleaners by being virtually micro-plastic free. Others needed a little more attention. All in all, every nurdle, bottle and piece of trash removed counts, making this not just the trip of a lifetime, but a nod toward the lifespans of many natural treasures.

As for the trip’s young eco-warrior and leader Zoë, this is the realisation of a passion she’s had since childhood. She’s been a coastal cleanup champ since she was 10, founded Save a Fishie, and has completed over 100 beach cleanups over half her life.

Keep up with the coastal clean-up here to track the adventure and find out where you can join in! Or, if you’d like to make the trip that much more epic with a pledge, check out this BackaBuddy page.

Sources: Save a Fishie
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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