Every Mumbaikar boasts of the majestic sea and beaches that adorn the city. However, what they cannot boast of, is the garbage that is left behind every year after Ganpati Visarjan on the beaches of the city. To show strength and the impact of collective action, Free A Billion in collaboration with Indian Development Foundation conducted a beach cleaning drive on 16th September at Juhu Beach to clean the mess that was left behind because of Anant Chaturdashi on the previous day.
120 Volunteers from Rotaract Club of HR college, UPG, Salaam Baalak Trust, Mithibai College, Thadomal Shahani College, Chetna College joined in the cleaning drive and collected a lot of garbage, mainly black plastic bags and coconut shells.
Mayank Tripathi from Chetana College of Management, Sakshi Motipara, and Dharmesh Chokadia were some of the most enthusiastic volunteers and also collected the most garbage. Tripathi said, “I have never seen so many people come together working for a cause selflessly before. We need to do more of these for the city!” “I am so happy that I participated in this drive to clean my city. I think this is one of the very few ways to keep away diseases and filth. However, I only wish that the BMC did their job earnestly,” said Motipara.
After the drive, the volunteers also engaged with pedestrians, talking to them about BMC’s responsibilities and the urgent need to clean Mumbai. Free A Billion is a people’s movement working towards creating grassroot leadership to create long-lasting change in Mumbai’s neighbourhoods. The organisation regularly conducts various events and campaigns with volunteers and supporters from across the city.
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