He says he can't help himself to clean up. Antonio Da Silva-Swart with the marine debris he singlehandedly collected whilst on a casual hiking trip.
MOSSEL BAY NEWS - He is not scared to pick up other people's garbage. In fact, he thrives on doing so, especially when this passion for cleaning up marine debris rubs off on others and inspires regular clean ups in areas where he has visited.
Since June 2016, Antonio da Silva-Swart, has been hiking all along the coast from Cape Point to Gouritzmond, a total of 521.20km, to create awareness on marine debris that washes out from the sea.
On Thursday, Da Silva-Swart started hiking from Gouritzmond to Mossel Bay, a distance of 49km along parts of the Oystercatcher and St Blaize trails. He is set to arrive in Mossel Bay this afternoon from 15:00.
"During this awareness walk, I want to assess where the debris hot spots are." Da Silva has provisionally scheduled a clean up for Saturday, 29 April and reckons, that depending on what he finds, it should take up to four hours with the help of a few volunteers.
"Being a hiker myself, ideally speaking, I want to get local hiking clubs involved, the conservation-minded, but also the general public."
Over the past year, he organized numerous cleanup operations along the whale coast (Gordon's Bay to De Damme, Struisbaai, Witsand and Jongensfontein).
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