Thursday, 31 March 2011

Varsity Volunteers

On Wednesday 30th March the annual Cardiff v Swansea Varsity Sports Day took place in Cardiff and environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy was on hand throughout the day working in partnership with Cardiff University Student’s Union and Cardiff County Council to manage the site for litter.

Some of the volunteers preparing for the day ahead

An army of Keep Wales Tidy volunteers was out and about patrolling the Pontcanna site to encourage the estimated 3000 spectators to use the bins provided and litter-pick any rubbish that goes astray. In return, Cardiff University made a generous donation to Keep Wales Tidy to enable them to support even more volunteering and provided complimentary tickets to all volunteers for the flagship rugby varsity match.

Volunteers were busy litter picking throughout the day and worked immensely hard to ensure the site was left spotless. At the end of the event a sweep of the site was undertaken and over 85% of the litter that was collected has been recycled.

Just some of the litter left behind and collected

During the day, KWT signed students up to Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘I Will for Wales’ campaign which asks people to make small lifestyle changes that can improve the look and feel of their local area. The volunteer army was be kitted out in campaign T-shirts and encouraging spectators to make environmental resolutions that range from promising to dispose of cigarette butts responsibly and using a bag for life, to volunteering to help local community groups.

Keep Wales Tidy’s Projects Director, Louise Tambini said; “We were delighted to be working in partnership with Cardiff University Student’s Union and Cardiff Council on this initiative. Events like this give us a great opportunity to engage with the student population to get our important environmental message across. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to clean the site”

President of Cardiff Students’ Union, Olly Birrell said; “The Students’ Union was really pleased to have the support of the Keep Wales Tidy team at this year’s Varsity competition. Their contribution made a huge difference to the day games, and we appreciate the time and effort that went into planning this.”

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