WAAO clean up operation & kitten rescue at the Kercem Valley
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Last Saturday, ‘We Are All One’ (WAAO), carried out a successful clean up in the Kercem Valley (Triq Qasam San Gorg).
“The purpose was to collect the rubbish from a river that has been transformed into an unauthorised dump. These bad habits have been going on for so long that the area needs a second cleanup with more equipment,” WAAO said.According to WAAO ‘s responsibles and participants, as well as the witnesses, “this cannot be tolerated anymore: unauthorised dumpsites can be found here, there, and just about everywhere in Gozo, due to lack of knowledge and care.”
“We also found many dead animals carcases such as birds, rabbits and cats . Luckily we were happy to find 4 little kittens still alive, but also very sad as they were probably abandoned on the carcasses of other cats,” WAAO said.
WAAO stated, “this has to be shown as an example of what is currently happening here on the island and be used as a means For a Real Change.”
WAAO reiterated that it “is time to wake up, life is so precious! It can grow and thrive in the most hostile environment, however we, as the human specie, have the responsibility to take care of it and make our environment sustainable for everyone.”The NGO said that it would also like to “launch an appeal to all the NGOs, volunteers and associations in order to gather all our energies for the national clean up that will be held all over Gozo on the the 10th and 11th of May 2014. This will be part of a huge clean up performed not just in the Maltese archipelago, but in all of the Mediterranean.”
On a regular basis WAAO said that it programmes its clean ups on the second Saturday of every month. “The people living in Gozo can be proud to participate in these cleanups!”
The NGO We Are All One – WAAO,’ was formed last year, and said that they are “not connected to any political party, not concerned by any money, not trying to convice anyone: we are just the people.”
Last November they held their first clean up, clearing the Wied ta’ Zejta valley waters between Victoria and Xaghra from its plastic waste
For more information please see the WAAO facebook page, or visit their website.
Bottom photo shows the kittens, which are now being hand reared by a dedicated carer, sadly one had to be put to sleep, three are still surviving.