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A spring-clean drive

The south Famagusta region’s municipalities, community councils and local, organised volunteer groups will be participating in the nationwide clean-up  ‘Let’s Do it, Cyprus!’ on Sunday with a mass cleaning of the region.

A number of individuals and organised volunteer groups from across south Famagusta will be participating in the clean-up efforts either independently, or alongside their authorities, including those belonging to charities, businesses, unions, youth groups, civil service departments, emergency services, parent-teacher associations, football teams, church committees and cultural societies.

They join volunteers from all over the island who have pledged to take part in the effort to clear rubbish from their respective areas for the 5th Pancyprian Cleaning Campaign, with around 27,000 people confirmed so far.

Collective regional effort
In Ayia Napa, the municipality and its volunteers will clean the areas and coastline from Ayia Napa Sculpture Park, up to the beach of Amos tou Kampouri from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The municipality has been active in widely promoting the event to engage volunteers, and anyone interested in taking part should state their participation today by contacting the municipality on: 23816320 or 97647699.

The municipality of Dherynia will clean eight of its parks and its highway; Sotira Municipality will clean its Ayia Thekla beach; Frenaros Community Council will clean the areas around its Community Council premises, high school and stadium, and Avgorou will also be cleaning various parts of the village.

Communities taking part with only volunteer group participation are Paralimni, Protaras, Xylofagou and Liopetri.

The Paralimni Youth Group will be cleaning the area around Green Bay and its beach and sea in Protaras from 10am – 1pm. Liopetri’s youth centre will undertake the rubbish collection from Potamos Liopetri (Liopetri river), with several other volunteer groups clearing other areas of the village. The Department of Fisheries and Marine Research will clean Ayia Triada fishing shelter in the Ayia Triada area of Protaras.

A worldwide movement
The mass country clean-up originated in Estonia in 2008, when 50,000 volunteers came together to clean the country in one day. The movement then spread to over 100 countries across the world, enlisting over 16 million citizens, and making it the largest civil movement and voluntary programme ever organised worldwide.

Various countries hold their own ‘Let’s Do it’ days on different dates in the year (typically from April – September), whilst a synchronised global event by ‘Let’s Do it World’ is held less frequently, with the next Worldwide Clean-up Day scheduled for September 15, 2018.

On the island, ‘Let’s Do it, Cyprus!’ is an NGO (non-governmental organisation), comprised of an organisational team, volunteers, public and educational institutions, and is steadily growing with each successive year. Last year around 15,000 people took part, with the 2017 event already significantly surpassing this in volunteer numbers.

The organisers say that the movement is important for the island due to the fact that Cyprus holds the second position in the production of waste in the European Union.

“The uncontrolled creation of illegal landfills and the unacceptable attitude of pollution of cities, roads, and more generally of our natural island places leads to a deadlock with the competent authorities regarding the management of the situation.”

Since the national clean-up day began, the organisation says that over 200 tonnes of rubbish has been collected islandwide.

More information on the nationwide campaign can be found on the website: letsdoitcyprus.com or Facebook page: Let’s Do It Cyprus.

Whilst some of the regional clean-up events can be found on the Facebook page under the events section, not all are present. Therefore, for individual communities and municipalities in the south Famagusta region, it is advisable to get in touch with the relevant authorities in your area for information on the closest organised clean-up to you.

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