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'Help Up' River Cleanups

'Help Up' River Cleanups

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We are raising funds for 'Help Up' - a group that organizes weekly cleanups in the Black River in Mowbray. The Black River is an urban river that drains into Table Bay and is heavily affected by litter and pollution. 

Help Up have recruited a small number of homeless people from the area to come and clean the river - removing bags full of plastic rubbish that would otherwise be destined for the sea. The homeless workers are called Help Up Avatars and they are paid for their work cleaning the river every week. 

My name is Alan, and I'm one of a group of volunteers that joins the Avatars on their cleanups. On a typical weekend cleanup there will be 4-6 people in the river and we take out about 50 bags (!!) full of rubbish.

The stuff that we pull out of the river is a disgusting mix of plastic bags, diapers, bottles, old clothing, polystyrene, chip packets, straws, wrappers, etc. Without the hard work of this team to take it out, it would all be washed into when it washes down into the sea.

Each cleanup event cost about R500. That goes mostly to paying the Help Up Avatars with a little bit for drinks, snacks, and transport. 

1 cleanup removes 50 bags of rubbish - so it works out to around R10 per bag taken out! Bags are sponsored by Tuffy and the team does everything reasonable to keep costs to a minimum.

My goal is to raise enough funds to enable the Help Up team to cover their cleanups for the rest of 2019. 

Please consider making a recurring monthly contribution - it makes it so much easier for the team to plan ahead. For example, for R200 a month, you would be sponsoring the removal of a carload (20 bags) of rubbish!

Funds will go to the founder and organizer-in-chief at Help Up, Georgia McTaggart, to distribute amongst volunteers. So if you care about stopping plastic pollution, but can't make it to a cleanup yourself, you can sponsor a Help Up Avatar and still do your bit!

To see more about what help up is doing, check out our facebook page here:@helpuptoday

Donations

  • Nov 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you!! Keep up your amazing hard work - it is so motivating!" - Karen

  • Nov 05, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "

    Thank you for the incredible work you are doing.

    " - Niki Hall-Jones

  • Nov 04, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Fantastic work, thank you!" - Trupp Family

  • Nov 01, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "

    Keep up the good work to save our rivers and all river life

    " - Bob

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Nikki G

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "You guys are amazing! Well done for doing the hard yards and for creating a platform where we can follow support and get involved (even if from my couch!)" - Mia

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Amazing initiative. So glad to see it expanding!" - Gem Crede

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thanks for doing this work " - Judy

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Every little helps" - Maureen

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "Thanks for caring. Keep up the good work" - Taryn Elario

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 51.00
  • "Great work" - Sue

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "You all are making a difference." - Jenna

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thank you so much for what you're doing" - Shelagh Rosenwerth

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thanks for the great initiative, hope it goes from strength to strength." - Stephan Marais

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thanks for your hard work " - Gareth

  • Oct 29, 2019 - R 1 810.00
  • "

    I really love what you're doing, thank you so very very much

    " - Leela

  • Oct 29, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "Thanks for caring. Keep up the good work" - Taryn Elario

  • Oct 28, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Every little helps" - Maureen

  • Oct 28, 2019 - R 51.41
  • " Godspeed to you All " - Denroc

  • Oct 27, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Love this river so much. Thanks" - Cath Blow

  • Oct 24, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thank you" - Philip

  • Oct 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Well done. You guys are doing a great Jon" - Jon

  • Oct 21, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Incredible initiative - thank you!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 20, 2019 - USD $ 31.56
  • "Awesome initiative! Thanks!" - James R

  • Oct 19, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Amazing work you do. Most admirable. God bless." - Nadi

  • Oct 19, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Great work" - Sue

  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Goodluck! " - Saleem Naidoo

  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Fantastic job folks. " - Diane

  • Oct 18, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Well done guys" - Anton

  • Oct 17, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks to all you change makers. " - Diana

  • Oct 17, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Great work. Thank you" - B Cuthbert

  • Oct 17, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Making the difference and inspiring others" - Linda

  • Oct 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you so much for what you're doing" - Shelagh Rosenwerth

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Love the work that you guys do! " - JL

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Amazing initiative. So glad to see it expanding!" - Gem Crede

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "You all are making a difference." - Jenna

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Well done with all your hard work!! Is anything being done about the illegal dumping into the Storm Water culvert, that runs along the M17, that feeds into the Black River? " - Andre Lord

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thanks for doing this work " - Judy

  • Oct 07, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thanks for the great initiative, hope it goes from strength to strength." - Stephan Marais

  • Oct 07, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Great initiative!!" - Steve & Sam

  • Oct 06, 2019 - USD $ 69.96
  • "You are special people and am so impressed by the work you are doing!" - Lisa Tarlie

  • Oct 06, 2019 - USD $ 73.64
  • "Thank you for all that you are doing ????" - Claire

  • Oct 06, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiative! " - Marina

  • Oct 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "An amazing initiative. So grateful." - Anonymous

  • Oct 05, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Gratitude" - Dee

  • Oct 04, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the good work to save our rivers and all river life" - Bob

  • Oct 03, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Awesome initiative - hope you inspire other clean ups too!" - Mands

  • Oct 02, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "LOVE YOUR WORK GUYS!!!!!!" - George van der Schyff

  • Oct 01, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "So grateful for the work you are doing ????????" - Meg and Wayne R.

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thanks for your hard work " - Gareth

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you for the incredible work you are doing. " - Niki Hall-Jones

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Nikki G

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Fantastic work! Monthly donation sent up. " - Anna Szymonowicz

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "You guys are amazing! Well done for doing the hard yards and for creating a platform where we can follow support and get involved (even if from my couch!)" - Mia

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you! " - Duckling

  • Sep 29, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you marvellous people." - Linda

  • Sep 27, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Absolutely great jobs, Thenks "Help Up Avatars!"" - Anonomous Friend

  • Sep 22, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Thank you for your hard work " - Anonymous

  • Sep 18, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Making the difference and inspiring others" - Linda

  • Sep 04, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the good work to save our rivers and all river life" - Bob

  • Sep 02, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Really admire your efforts, we pick up what we can from zandvlei side. It’s a messy job, you operation is inspiring!" - Liz PALMER

  • Sep 02, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Thanks so much for the amazing work you do." - Sesihle

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Nikki G

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "Proud of you" - Jenna

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "You guys are amazing! Well done for doing the hard yards and for creating a platform where we can follow support and get involved (even if from my couch!)" - Mia

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Fantastic work! Monthly donation sent up. " - Anna Szymonowicz

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • Aug 25, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Awesome initiative " - Anonymous

  • Aug 25, 2019 - USD $ 6.56
  • "Leading by example. Respect to you all ????" - Anonymous

  • Aug 25, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Thanks for your efforts" - Carolyn

  • Aug 19, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Thank you all for looking after our planet!!" - Paula

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Making the difference and inspiring others" - Linda

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Amazing work! Thank you" - Cath

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "You guys are amazing! Well done for doing the hard yards and for creating a platform where we can follow support and get involved (even if from my couch!)" - Mia

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Fantastic work! Monthly donation sent up. " - Anna Szymonowicz

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Nikki G

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "Proud of you" - Jenna

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the good work to save our rivers and all river life" - Bob

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 7.35
  • "#Respect" - Nan Warner

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Thank you so much for all you do ?" - anon

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "Proud of you" - Jenna

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Nikki G

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "You guys are amazing! Well done for doing the hard yards and for creating a platform where we can follow support and get involved (even if from my couch!)" - Mia

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Fantastic work! Monthly donation sent up. " - Anna Szymonowicz

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you for doing this!" - Nikki G

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for your great initiative!" - Barbara Dunnell

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Inspiring! well done!" - Candice Hughes

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Great work guys, keep it up, I hope you will be an inspiration to many. " - Anthony & Robyn

  • Jun 23, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Thank you again and again! " - Paula

  • Jun 23, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiative on so many levels. Thank you" - Patrick

  • Jun 22, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thank you. The river and sea gods look kindly on you. " - SP Ashworth

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Making the difference and inspiring others" - Linda

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Awesome work" - Ananymous

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "You guys are amazing! Well done for doing the hard yards and for creating a platform where we can follow support and get involved (even if from my couch!)" - Mia

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Fantastic work! Monthly donation sent up. " - Anna Szymonowicz

  • Jun 01, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "well done!" - Mary Anne Matthews

  • May 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

  • May 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • May 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • May 30, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • May 30, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "Proud of you" - Jenna

  • May 28, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Awesome work! sorry I am late to the party!! Great initiative!! " - Claire Davidson

  • May 27, 2019 - R 102.82
  • ":)" - Col

  • May 26, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks for all the hard work Al!" - Lauren

  • May 23, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Excellent job guys ??" - Shoes & Socks

  • May 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You're making a difference" - Anonymous

  • May 21, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Well done. Keep up the good work. " - Allison

  • May 20, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You guys are making magic" - Fred

  • May 20, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks for your hard work!" - Lindy

  • May 18, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Inspiring stuff" - Stefan

  • May 17, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for your great initiative!" - Barbara Dunnell

  • May 16, 2019 - USD $ 37.00
  • "Awesome initiative " - Vanessa van gelder

  • May 15, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Cleaning is winning!" - Darren & Rose Cann

  • May 15, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Love this initiative!" - Kari Cousins

  • May 15, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Well done - excellent work. Thank you." - Sue

  • May 15, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Great initiative!" - IAN BURTON

  • May 15, 2019 - USD $ 7.39
  • "Very grateful for your work" - Dim

  • May 15, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Great job guys! " - Warren Fisher

  • May 14, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "You guys are amazing" - Paula

  • May 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Proud of you" - Jenna

  • May 13, 2019 - USD $ 37.09
  • "Keep up the great work! " - Mika

  • May 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "keep it up guys" - anonymous

  • May 13, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Great initiative " - Wendy Whittaker

  • May 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Getting it started" - Alan

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Donations to date

R 45 878.55

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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Alan Matthews is crowdfunding for Help Up who organise weekly cleanups in the Black River in Mowbray, Cape Town.