Hundreds get hands dirty to clean up Hennops

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

AUTHOR - Bennitt Bartl (Rekord Centurion) April 15, 2019

Following Sunday’s sermon at Lewende Woord the congregation joined in on the efforts to help clean the struggling river.

Residents joined hands to clean a stretch of the Hennops river in Clubview over the weekend. Photo: Supplied

The amount of litter removed during the latest clean-up of the struggling Hennops river in Centurion has been described as “absolutely shocking”.

As many as 150 bags of rubbish were removed from a 500m stretch of river bank in Clubview on Saturday.

“When you multiply that along the whole river you get a sense there must be a vast amount of garbage out there,” said clean-up organiser and Fresh NGOdirector Willem Snyman.

Snyman together with hundreds of volunteers cleaned up a stretch of the river near Lyttelton Road at the weekend.

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Willem Snyman. Photo: Supplied

He said the operation also planted 20 trees for the preservation of the environment.

“Following the clean-up we also came together to form the Friends of the Hennops River organisation,” said Snyman.

On Sunday, an inspirational sermon was held at the location of the clean-up.

“It focused on our obligations in caring for nature and uplifting it and ourselves. Following the sermon the Lewende Woord congregation, which numbers about a 1 000-strong, helped to clean the area.”

Education stalls were also set up to explain recycling and ideas for creating a green home.

“We want to thank all the volunteers who braved the heavy water pollution and helped to make this such a memorable and significant event.”

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Following the sermon on Sunday morning church-goers joined in on the efforts to clean the river. Photo: Supplied

Hennops Blue Horizon director Katherine Fillmore said she was amazed by the community involvement, especially the youth, in the effort.

She said a family had found car parts in the river.

“River clean-ups go a long way to showing children first-hand how detrimental the vast consumer world is to our environment.

Well done to Karla Jooste and Willem for putting together such an awesome event.”

The next clean-up has been scheduled for 18 May.

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