“Clean-Pic” for beach cleaning

“Clean-Pic” for beach cleaning

In the morning of May 30, in Urasoe, Koji Kinjo (second from right) plans “Clean-Pic.”

May 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 22, the “Clean-Pic” national convention will be held at the Yonashiro Comprehensive Park in Uruma. Clean-Pic is a new activity designed to help clean up beaches, and is something that people can participate in casually. On May 30, the Planning Committee announced that they would hold the convention in Urasoe and are now calling for teams to take part in the event.

Koji Kinjo, head of the Planning Committee and involved in the transplanting of coral, came up with the idea for this activity. The aim is to use competition to get people to pick up even more trash, and at the same time, to raise awareness about environmental issues.

The competition is divided into the two sections of beach and sea. Teams compete against each other with the score depending on the type of trash.

The deadline for application is June 22. The participation fee is 5,000 yen per team and the first prize is 200,000 yen.

Kinjo commented, “It is becoming difficult to continue cleaning up beaches by just relying on volunteers. By making it into a sport competition we have attracted more people and have much less trash on the beach.”

Call 098 (982) 9988 to contact the Planning Committee.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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