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Beach cleanup – around Sri Lanka in 7 days

The beach cleanup programme conducted by 365X in collaboration with Nalaka Senadeera will be held from tomorrow, 3 December, till 9 December, 2018.

Nalaka Senadeera is an environmental activist dedicated to minimising littering; enhancing recycling methodologies, and spreading green love around the island, whereas 365X is a start-up working in the development and enhancement of the scalability of system software.

Conducted by 365X as a CSR project, it is a laudable initiative. The mass beach cleaning campaign will be carried out around the island including in Negombo, Jaffna, Matara, and Mount Lavinia.

Sponsored by CodeGen, this is the first time an islandwide beach cleaning camp is being conducted in Sri Lanka. Besides the main organisers, certain communities in Negombo and Kalpitiya are joining in to support; the Chunnkam Rotaract Club will be supporting the cleanup camp in Jaffna, the Rotaract Club of SLIIT Malabe will be supporting the Mount Lavinia cleaning camp.

The first destination of the tour will be Negombo, after which the teams will head to Kalpitiya on the morning of 4 December, Jaffna the next morning, Pasikuda on 6 December, Arugam Bay on 7 December morning, Matara on 8 December morning, and Hikkaduwa that same evening, Beruwala on the morning of 9 December, and finally Mount Lavinia that evening.

Speaking about the vision of this wonderful initiative, Ranuka from 365X said: “We have watched Nalaka do a great deal of work to preserve the environment and we decided to support this time.”

He further added: “We were at Jungle Beach last year and saw that it was filled with plastic. We have a beautiful country and we have to protect and preserve our environment for ourselves and our future generations.

“We do see that the beaches are getting cleaned due to tourism and whatnot; however there are several beautiful beach stretches that are often overlooked, so we are trying to include those beaches that are often left idle, to help create a more beautiful Sri Lanka.”

The campaigning for this event is completely done through social media, and the time and locations of each camp will be updated throughout the tour.

How can you join?

Those interested in joining this worthy cause, may call 0775 920 986 and confirm their presence. Individuals joining the tour will be provided transport and accommodation.

By Pujanee Galappaththi