Meander Chronicle Reporter
Howick and surrounds saw red, literally, on Saturday, October 17, when Love Howick members and volunteers joined a co-ordinated clean-up in areas including Howick CBD, Howick West, Merrivale and Mpophomeni.
Volunteers turned out in numbers, addressing litter, dumping and neglect in areas sometimes “discarded as too difficult a task”, but which were tackled and beautified in a great team effort.
Love Howick is a non-profit organisation that thrives on the powerful partnerships forming between private business, government, NGOs, churches and citizens in a bid to make Howick “the cleanest town in South Africa”.
The organisation’s motto is “Together for Transformation”, with the aim of uniting people with one mission: to transform the community for the better, by identifying the “pain points” in the beautiful Midlands town and surrounding areas and addressing them.
One delighted shop-owner said at the weekend, “I’m so happy about the garden Love Howick has planted outside my shop! Thank you, you guys are doing a great thing!”
Enthusiasm and energy
“Armed with enthusiasm and lots of energy, our exceptional volunteers, young and old and everyone in between, worked tirelessly to pick up rubbish, clean verges, brush cut overgrown parks, plant gardens and build unity!” the organisation said in a statement.
“A special thank you to the mayor and deputy mayor and the whole Umgeni municipality as they partnered with Love Howick by donating garden equipment, and volunteering with us on a continuous basis to keep our town clean.”