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21-year-old eco-champion and Savie a Fishie founder Zoë Prinsloo and her team are getting ready for another Cross-Country clean up following the success of their 2023 mission that collected an elephant’s weight of litter!


South Africa (06 May 2024) — Zoë Prinsloo and other environmental champions, part of Save a Fishie NPC, will once again be tackling a cross-country clean-up following the success of last year’s Cost 2 Coast mission.

In 2023, Zoë and ‘Save a Fishie’ friends successfully travelled 7,895 kilometres from South Africa’s West Coast before reaching the East Coast and then heading back West. They collected an elephant’s weight in rubbish (2,962kgs); cleaning 111 beaches on their mission!

Now, they’ve cleared the logistics for another clean-up across South Africa with sights set on a route from Cape town to Port Nolloth where they will cross the country via the Hennops and Juskei Rivers and then down the East Coast from Richards Bay back to Cape Town.

This is yet another massive commitment to our beaches from the 21-year-old environmental activist and Save a Fishie Founder, Zoë Prinsloo, who began cleaning beaches at the age of 10 and founded the environmental powerhouse organisation at just 16 years old. To date, Zoë has cleaned over 270 beaches and collected over 20 tons of litter, broken a World Record for the longest beach clean-up, been awarded a Civic Award for conservation by the Mayor of Cape Town and as of recent, represented South Africa at the Helen Storrow Seminar in Switzerland. Not to mention, she was also announced as one of the top 100 African Youth Conservation Leaders in 2022!

Needless to say, the 2024 cross-country clean-up is, once again, in the best hands.

“This time round we will be focusing on those beaches we identified during Coast 2 Coast 2023 as needing extra attention. We will also be working more closely with schools and local organisations, fostering lasting relationships and raising awareness on a national scale,” says Zoë of the 2024 Coast 2 Coast mission.

The journey will be documented across various social  media platforms with three key elements in mind: “Environment. Education. Entertainment.” There will also be a live tracking meter for the public to see how many kilometres have been travelled as well as the kilograms of litter collected and the number of nurdles picked up along the way.

Here’s to another effort that’s wasting no time in showing South Africa how much can be done when just one person starts something incredible, and enough community members follow in their sandy and powerful footsteps.

Sources: Supplied—Save a Fishie 
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