Two cleaned rivers. 510 kilos of waste collected in the Spaarne.

On Saturday March 18, 2023, we celebrated deNational Cleanup Day in the Netherlands. As we had announced in Haarlem, we picked up the waste in the Spaarne river. We did this together with IVN, Trekvogels canoe association, Kontiki scout group, SUPmision Haarlem, De Penguin, City Link Haarlem Mutare, Bermbende and many volunteers.

We have made the Spaarne much cleaner.

The hard workers were welcomed at the Max Euweplein with the cheerful music of the Brassband Huiskamergeluk. After picking up and weighing the waste, we took it with the Kontiki ship to the municipal cleaning.

65 volunteers worked hard in Haarlem and collected 510 kilos of waste.

At a distance of 4,192.08 km, numerous volunteers, the municipality of Mutare and the citizens’ initiative MRRI (Mutare Rivers Rehabilitation Initiative) simultaneously cleaned the rivers of Mutare, our sister city in Zimbabwe.

There, a large group of volunteers picked up a huge amount of trash in two places. It was a good cooperation between the municipality of Mutare, the MRRI and the branch of the city link Haarlem-Mutare.

This action is the start of a joint campaign called ”Healthy Rivers”, ‘Worlds apart – sharing the same watercycle’.

Over the coming years, we will work in both cities to make our rivers healthy for people and animals.

Saturday was the first activity. But it does not stop there. We remain active in both cities and are in talks with other cities in the rest of the world.

On Monday April 17 we will hold a public meeting at Haarlemse Pletterij, Lange Herenvest 122 in Haarlem at 8:00 p.m.

There, we will show what we have done.

We are preparing the next cleaning actions. The closest is scheduled for Sunday, April 23.

Come and join.

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