What is Trekking4Trash:
Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard are busy trekking 3000km along South Africa’s coastline. Their goal is to raise the awareness of litter and with the help of the public to collect 7 tons of it!
How I met them:
My Aunt Annie used to run the Beach Club at her school and is very clued up on environmental issues. Michael and Camilla were trekking through Herolds Bay and met up with Annie and her husband Doug while we were visiting my gran.
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What we did:
Our party walked with Michael and Camilla from Heroldsbay Beach to the Bird-Hide at Oubaai Golf Estate.
I was going to walk from the beach to Sandgate, but was STUNG BY A BEE 🙁 on my neck . So instead I went for some quick first aid up at the house and then we met the walkers at Sandgate where we had some watermelon and snacks with tea, before walking the second stretch.
We collected trash along the way, which Michael carried in a special bag on his back. Scruffy – uncle Doug’s dog – was brave even though he took a fall on treacherous rocky shore of the brink. we later discovered he had cut one of the pads under his foot, but still kept up bravely with his short little legs.
At the Bird Sanctuary we had some delicious cold snacks from Annie’s car-fridge. Most COOL!
From there Michael and Camilla were headed off to Gwaing River Mouth. We said goodbye there, I hope they enjoyed the swim!
What the trek meant for me
The trek taught me that there are people out there who really care about the environment. So much so that they would be prepared to walk 3000km picking up several tons of trash along the way. Wow. It was a real eye-opener to see all the trash that was collected while we observed the beautiful coast of the Garden Route.
Do me a favour and pick up litter if you see it. Better yet don’t litter in the first place. Period.