Category Archives: Keen

KEEN to keep our beach clean..

As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get cooler, now would be a good time to grab some friends together and help keep our beaches clean. We don’t use them only in summer but all year round and it is no fun going to a dirty beach.

Every 1st Saturday of the Month volunteers get together across our coastline picking up litter that has the potential of killing the wildlife in our ocean. The Keen Movement NPO joined this initiative yesterday and they showed that giving a helping hand does not always have to be a serious occasion.

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Bags and gloves are provided, all you have to do is give an hour and a half of your morning, the benefits are enormous for yourself and the community at large. We all are free to use the beach – keeping it clean should be a natural thing to do.

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Who know’s what you’ll find…..

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It may seem like fun and games but the sight of our beaches in this state is actually disgusting therefore we encourage more people to get involved, if we all put our hands together it means lighter work and more time to enjoy our beautiful city.

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Are you KEEN to keep our beach clean? – check out the links below for more info.

http://www.cleanc.co.za

https://shaunjengel.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/beach-clean-up/

Bag it and tag it

Cape town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world especially for it’s awesome scenery.

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We need protect this for future generations, today we helped clean up the trail up Lions Head organised by an awesome organisation called Love our Trails.

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Many people gathered early this morning excited to be part of the change they want to see in the world, this was a great opportunity to make a difference, meet like-minded people and make memories while appreciating nature.

After a quick briefing session we dispersed up the mountain and around the parking lot, armed with bags, gloves, arm extenders and….selfie sticks(ready to capture the moment) when we bag it and tag it just like in the CSI.

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For those who wanted to put some elbow grease into it graffiti cleaner was provided to clean up Wally’s Cave…It’s 2016 people, we don’t need to see Boebie was here stamped on the walls of the cave, we are not cavemen anymore.

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The amount of litter scattered across the trail is shocking especially the cigarette butts, veld fires are easily started and spread by such negligence destroying our natural heritage.

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This is for everyone from first time hikers to families and kids.
Our trails could do with some love!
Lets lead by example.

The weather played along nicely, walking at our own pace we eventually reached the top of Lions Head where we enjoyed our free smoothie from FitChef.

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Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, hopefully this will grow allowing us to not only keep our trails clean but also our communities.

It all starts with US – Lets make a difference.

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Are you keen?

A rainy Sunday afternoon turned out to be rather warm…

I heard my friends were going to volunteer at a Children’s Home, when I enquired further the question was asked, “Are You Keen on joining?”.

Always keen on lending a helping hand where needed as I personally feel time is more precious than money, I jumped at the opportunity.

We arrived at the Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone at 14:00 to join The Keen Movement an NPO started by a group of friends aiming to to encourage a keen
volunteer culture within Cape
Town.

The programme for the day was to interact with the children at the home making flags and helping them colour in pictures of our beloved Springbok – We were bringing the bok ‘gees’ seeing that the Bokke won on Saturday. As the children were brought into the room awoken from their afternoon nap we got them seated and watched them enthusiastically start drawing or colouring the pictures. I joined a group and tried talking to one of the little girls when a boy jumped on me haha, when I lifted him up he thought that was fun and wanted to do it all the time.

Once the children got past the initial shock of new faces they quickly opened up and become their usual cheerful, playful selfs as you would expect from children. One of them pointed out a Winnie the Pooh picture on the wall I never noticed, after he found a picture of Pooh on one of the crayons. I also learnt that a butterfly is actually a bubberfly hahaha kids really do say the darndest things.

We then moved to a bigger room where an attempt was made to teach the kids to Nae Nae, once the music started they had other plans, some showing off their own dance moves. Watching them run around laughing and playing, one girl asked me to pick her up, when I took her hand she started walking up my leg hahaha I felt like a jungle gym – this little girl definitely has a future in our South African gymnastic team one day.

A heart-warming experience thoroughly enjoyed by the volunteers and the children.

‘Don’t ever question the value of
volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built
by volunteers; the Titanic was
built by professionals.’ – unknown

If you are keen to know more about these amazing organizations follow the links below:
http://www.crch.co.za/

http://thekeenmovement.co.za/about/