Photo Credit: Help Up

Help Up is finally back to cleaning up the rivers and waterways of Cape Town, taking on a new group of avatars; restoring dignity to the homeless!


Cape Town, South Africa (07 July 2020) – Help Up is an organisation that works to clean up problem areas that are littered or polluted by using pledges they receive from the public to pay people that need employment. The people are paid to work on these areas for a few hours. Help Up is managed by Georgia Mctaggart who gets stuck in with the people that help her.

The organisation has been featured many times on Good Things Guy and much like everyone else, they were forced to take a break for lockdown. This meant the men and women that relied on pledges from donors struggled for a while without the employment.

Thankfully, Help Up got back to work this weekend and welcomed eight new team members (avatars) to the group. These people came from New Hope SA. New Hope SA works with homeless people in Cape Town. They work to rebuild the dignity of homeless citizens by renewing their hope. By teaming up with Help Up, the homeless people within their programme are able to work and earn a decent wage, thus restoring dignity while giving back to the environment.

“WOW, IT IS SO GOOD TO BE BACK! Greetings fellow Earthlings! Jeez Louise my ‘boude’ are aching from yesterday’s cleanup but earning that burn was so worthwhile! Firstly a huge thank you to you, our followers and supporters for keeping our flame burning during lockdown so that we could continue to support those faithful environmental Help Up warriors who could no longer attend cleanups due to COVID LOCKDOWN. And NEWS NEWS AND MORE NEW NEWS! We are delighted to introduce you to our 8 new Help Up Avatars from New Hope SA Micro Site in Mowbray which is hosted by St Peter’s Church.

Our new team arrived ready for action and worked with great gusto and enthusiasm! We have started our new cleanup vibes at the river mouth in Paarden Eiland where the Black River meets the Atlantic Ocean at Lagoon Beach. It’s a challenging space because we have limited time to clean there due to the tides rising but we managed 65 bags in total which is great going indeed. ON TOP OF THAT. The very cherry on the ice cream Sundae is that our “Team Intrepid” at Langa, who run the Help Up Franchises Are Free project collected 90 bags of muck from the Jakkalsvlei Canal in a few short hours too.. AT THE SAME TIME! PURE SYNCHRONICITY 

How lovely it was to be in the open air and serving our environment at the same time. Thank you to Plastic Pollution Initiative, Chavonne Snyman and Keith for joining us and doing such a great job at the bollards yesterday.

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers to pitched in to do their best for the Earth we call home. Enjoy the photos and if you like us and our project please help us to keep the New Hope team of 8 on our crew by pledging towards our https://www.backabuddy.co.za/river-cleanup.

Keep making smart choices at the supermarket shelf because YOUR CHOICES MATTER! Have a wonderful week ahead and remember: If you’re up to your neck in it, it means it hasn’t gone over your head yet!”

Take a look at the clean up below. You can follow Help Up on Facebook here.

Source: Help Up
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