Cleaning Lovemore Lake for Mandela Day

Yesterday was Tata Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday.  Five years ago the Nelson Mandela Foundation decided to declare his birthday Mandela Day and asked people to give 67 minutes of their time to help those less fortunate than them.  The 67 minutes represent the 67 years that Mandela spent in his pursuit of freedom for all in South Africa.  Some people spent their 67 minutes helping people while others assisted with animals and in my case, a natural spot.  A little while ago photographer Luc Hosten, who runs an great Facebook page called Friends of Schoenmakerskop with some stunning Schoenies photos on it, took some photos of Lovemore Lake in Mount Pleasant.  He pointed out that even though there is an abundance of bird life around, the dam and it’s surroundings is very dirty and in desperate need of a clean-up.  The guys from Coastal Clean-up Port Elizabeth immediately came on board and along with Luc started to organise a clean-up as part of Mandela Day.  I couldn’t join my colleagues for our project at work so decided to join the afternoon clean-up, taking Chaos Boy along to do his bit as well.      

Here a couple of us pose with some of the garbage (note, some because if it was all you wouldn’t be able to see us) afterwards.  Yours truly being Lovemore Lake’s King Neptune with the fork on the right.
Credit and thanks to Luc Hosten for allowing me to nick a couple of his pictures for this post.  I didn’t want to drag my camera along seeing that we were going to get down and dirty.  

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  1. Seamus

    Great Post, so great to see this sort of stuff happening in the bay. I might just have been there if I did not have to be at my normal job!

  2. Gemma Wiseman

    A wonderful initiative! And so love the idea of helping others on Mandela's Day! If only there could be more of this kind of celebration in the world!

  3. Gaelyn

    This is a such a great idea to give back.