Post Event Write up - ECR Beach Cleanup, Saturday Sep 22nd

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kovalam Coastal clean-up

Had registered myself for this cause, after well knowing that my back was giving me some trouble, and was not keeping a very fine condition. But still I wanted to be a part of this cause. I had stopped going to the beach as I kept getting this sick feeling of how dirty it was getting. Had visited broken bridge and the stench was so bad that could not even breathe properly. The excitement of driving early morning to se the sunrise was marred by the filth in the area. SO thought why not join the cause .

Received a mail from Peter giving us the details of the agenda and making me the contact person at Koyembedu. We were seven of us from koyembedu, I called everyone and they confirmed that they will be @ the CTC famous ( I knew everyone would be thinking Nathan café) Sorry guys this time it was on the opposite side @ the petrol pump. KArthick picked me up bang on and we were at koyembedu by 6:00. Enroute, made a few calls everyone confirmed having reached the petrol pump. We took karthicks car and angshuman wanted to go to chengalpet so he took his bike and all of started towards Guindy. On the way somewhere near Kathipara, Gokul called to inform us that one person from guindy would be joining in our car and off we reached for Hotchips, Palavakkam with this new guy from guindy. We introduced ourselves and after reaching Palavakkam spoke to Peter, who asked to start breakfast and wait for the rest.

It was too early for the breakfast but we did have some idli dosas and soon the others joined in with the happy faces.Greeting exchanged, breakfast over, some swapping to accommodate everyone and offfffffff we were on the way to Kovalam.
More than 50 of us had reached and after wearing our gloves and picking our bags we started Kuppa porkifying…… we spread across, the casuarinas trees protecting us from the sun…
All of us chatting and chirping and simultaneously working. And collecting the paper plates, broken bottles, plastic glasses, thermocol plates and cups, dirty Nappies, broken chappals and sandals, socks, scarfs, towels, and any thing which the picnickers left after a day of enjoyment.

The work continued for more than 2 hours and we had some enthusiastic toddlers, excited girls and boys and men and women all focused to clean the place. But my back gave away within ½ an hour of the process and had to just watch around.
40+ bags were collected and finally we called it a day at 10:30, as the sun was getting hotter and we were now really tired. I hope we are really able to spread the awareness that we need to keep our beaches clean.
Some pictures CTC style were clicked and all of us bade goodbye and got into the cars to head back home.





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