Volunteer’s Day Beach Clean Up

The Beach Clean Up is a project developed to help clean all beaches within Cape Coast and other neighboring towns to help conserve our coastal resources and decrease health risks in coastal communities.
As a youth-led and youth-oriented organization, we seek to bring up methods of indulging youth/adolescents in environmental stewardship activities while having fun- which most youth want to do.

Taking a long walk on the beach, picking up abandoned objects & cleaning the areas polluted with plastics and other foreign materials is a great way of reducing the death risk of intertidal organisms. These aquatic species highly contribute to the yield of fish stock in the offshore waters. Cape Coast depends on fish as a primary source of protein and therefore, there is a need to keep the habitat of these species safe.

The event, which will also serve as a health walk will give many idle/busy youth the chance to enjoy nature and exercise to improve their physiological strength. The youth, as gladly regarded as future leaders, are responsible for the safety of incoming generations. The youth must therefore know and understand the importance of conservation and accept stewardship of a safe environment in their communities.

Public education will also be given to inhabitants of the coastal areas and all participants of the event. Education is key to overcoming all challenges because knowledge is power. We believe that educating the Indigenous people about the impacts of improper waste disposal, open defecation, etc at the shore/beaches will help them restrain from it.

What to expect:
• Over 100 participants
• Exhibiting products of partnering groups or organizations
• Beach Soccer
• Tag of war
• Environmental communication skill

The Beach Clean Up, which is scheduled for the 20th Sept, as part of the national Volunteers’ day celebration as well as the Founder’s Day acknowledgment, could just be addressed as a volunteering event. However, in order to integrate the pleasure of the youth in such volunteer activities, the free event is going to incur some cost to help make the event a fun not just a tiring day.
In view of this, GAYO is currently looking to Partner with organizations, businesses, regional offices, social agencies, and environmental advocates. We therefore appeal to the municipal office for technical assistance (Working gear & Zoomlion service) during this volunteer activity.
The event will also be very successful if your directorate could provide us with refreshments for youth volunteers during the event.

The event will commence at 7 a.m. with a health walk from the University of Cape Coast Science complex to the old site. The beach cleaning will be done between the shoreline opposite the Municipal Hospital extending to the beach opposite the University of Cape Coast old site entrance.

We hope to see you.