Le Roux’s battle with cancer has not deterred her from taking on the pressing issue of beach pollution through her Beach Clean-Up KwaZulu-Natal initiative, Northglen News reported.
Le Roux, whose cancer is currently in remission, last week told Northglen News her mission began during her morning runs along the beach.
“There have always been beer bottles smashed on the rocks, fishing lines and other rubbish littering the beach, so I began taking bags with me and would clean up along my route. I thought that if one person started doing it, the rest will follow,” she said.
In an attempt to gather more support, the 29-year-old later started a Facebook page, but work and lack of community interest soon took their toll on the initiative, and the efforts died down.
“I carried on doing the beach cleanup every time I was on the beach, picking up as I walked. It’s a habit. I always have rubbish bags in my boot. I find it sad that we as humans are destroying our environment. It is free for everyone to enjoy, and I believe that we must all spare some time to ensure that it is looked after,” she said.
Residents are urged to volunteer for the clean-up on June 20 at the Umgeni River Greenhub from 9am to 12.30pm. Volunteers are advised to take along a hat and gumboots, while rubbish bags, gloves and water will be supplied.
“I never really thought of doing it full steam until Miss Earth asked me when my next cleanup would be and if they could join. I always wanted to grow the initiative and saw this is a golden opportunity. I would like to take the first Saturday of each month and target a certain beach – people are free to post on my page with photos where they think it’s needed most, and we can start arranging for that area,” Le Roux said.
The Miss Earth South Africa programme is focused on developing young women through environmental education, and its objective is to encourage awareness around sustainable development, the environment, wildlife and ultimately the preservation of the planet.
Contact Jacqui Le Roux on 083 770 3840 or visit the KZN Beach Cleanup Facebook page.
– Caxton News Service