Beginning with their usual football technical drills the excited children spent few hours at the stadium before they head into town for the Love your Coast clean up, a programme organized by the PNG Sports Federation, aiming at educating to look after their coastline and the effects of biodegradable wastes.
The Ela Beach, mostly packed up with Port Moresby residents was looking like its old self again on Saturday October 27th, following a big beach clean-up attended by over 450 Port Moresby residents including school children.
Among the people who braved the hot sun to roll their sleeves up and lend a hand were PNG’s athletes, school students and children taking part in the Just Play program who have are going through the next stage of the learning football techniques with their parents and coaches. Also present were staffs and a large number of people from the general public also took part in the clean up.
The excited children wasted no time joining in the clean up as the little ones start packing up their garbage bags with plastics, bottle top and other waste materials they could find lying on the sand. Parents of the participating children joined in to clean up which lasted for an hour and a half.
Together, they collected over 13,000lt’s (55 full drums) or 1.625 tonnes of rubbish from this iconic stretch of coastline. The main offenders were disposable plastic products, with food wrappers, bottle lids, plastic bottles and plastic bags a regular feature. Glass was also a common find, which poses a major risk to beachgoers.
After an hour on the beach helping out, they soccer enthusiasts got into a game of football with their coaches and other interested children who joined in the fun day at the beach. The message would have got to the young children to look after their beaches to make it a better place to enjoy.