35 people & 4 dogs collect 30 bags of rubbish on Gozo hike
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The Gozo-Clean & Green hike started from Kercem church on Sunday and the large group of volunteers made their way to Dwerja, picking up over 30 bags of recycling along the way.
Organiser Louis Debattista said, “35 volunteers joined us on Sunday, our best turnout ever! It was an international group, it was so good to see the two Gozitan families who joined us this week, one from Ghajnsielem (the four kids go to Qala School) and one from Gharb. There were people from Spain, two American families, and a German father and daughter, a new guy from Holland, an Englishman, 4 dogs, but no donkeys!”Louis thanked the heads of Qala School and Gharb School “for helping him to get the message out about the clean-up hikes.”
“I thank God for who I am and where I am. I thank God for what I have and see and for the strength he gave me. I thank God for all the kids, friends and family who have become such a wonderful community,” Louis said.
“So God please help people understand they need to stop trashing the environment and care for what you created,” Louis added, “Give the Ministers and people that work with them the motivation and energy to make responsible laws, enforce them and to be good stewards themselves and good examples. We need a miracle here!”
Louis thanked the Munxar and Kercem Local Councils for providing bags, gloves, hand wipes and transport. “Together as Gozo-Rocks! Clean & Green we all made a big difference.”
“There is an American family, who have been amazing team members on the hikes,” Louis said, they wrote a message about Sunday’s hike, “another successful trash hike today…Kercem to Dwejra! So fabulous to have such a large group; it’s always nice to meet new people!
“Lovely time…although sadly a lot to clean up along our route. Feels great making a difference though! Sunshine, fresh (windy) air, exercise and a cleaner Gozo. Always a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Thanks to our ever cheerful and fearless leader Gozo-Greyhounds Louis! You are the man!”
The next Gozo-Rocks! Clean & Green Hike will be in approximately 4 weeks time.
For further information on any of the hikes please contact the organiser Louis Debattista through the Gozo-Greyhounds facebook page, or call him on 99609845.