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Pick it Up Now - Celebrating World Oceans Day Kiwi Clean Up

08 June 2018

Thames locals may have seen Jo Sanderson with her Shih Tzu pup, Mfupi (pronounced Foo-Pee which is Swahili for short) out and about walking and picking up rubbish. What you might not realise is Jo's doing it for a bigger cause - Jo is at the forefront of the 'Pick It Up Now," movement.

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(Photo: Jo Sanderson and her pup Mfupi (pronounced Foo-Pee) at Kuranui Bay) 

"After getting a puppy in the New Year, I've been going on daily walks and was disgusted with all the plastics and rubbish lying everywhere I walked. I had to do something, hence my idea of 'Pick It Up Now'," says Jo

And Jo needs your help this Saturday.

We're celebrating the World Oceans Day Kiwi Clean Up," says Jo

World Oceans Day, as the title suggests, is an amazing worldwide event, where passionate organisers such as Jo, have planned clean-up days from Spain to the Philippines, right down to here in our beautiful part of the world, where events are planned all around the country from Auckland down to Christchurch.

This Saturday please feel free to come along to the Kuranui Bay car park at 10am to get out and about while picking up litter along the beach and reserve.  Coastal Bins are supplying a refuse truck and North Island Mussels Ltd and our Council have supplied bags for the rubbish.

"Pick It Up Now," is a sustainability project in the Coromandel about influencing a culture change to get people to pick up rubbish rather than walk past it.

"The #pickitupnow social media hashtag stands for so much more, from the ways we can reduce plastic usage and other waste.  The concept is in its infancy; however we hope to help grow it into something more significant," says Jo.

Jo and the team like to use terms like plogging and plawking.  Plogging is picking up litter while you are jogging, and similarly plawking is picking up litter while you go walking.  Simply concepts with a fun play on words.

We hope you will love the idea and the weather is looking good, so come on down and let's keep Thames and the Coromandel beautiful and clean.

For more information, Pick It Up now is on the Web, Facebook and Instagram.