On Sunday 23rd March, the SAC Rover Crew rose bright and early, met at their headquarters in Birkirkara at 08.30 and had some coffee. A necessary step, as the final destination was the bay of Fomm Ir- Rih, one of the best preserved beauty spots on our island, that was unfortunately full of rubbish.
Situated on the east coast of our island, just below the village of Bahrija, the bay is accessible only via a rough footpath that takes you past the cliff edge and descends, zig zagging, through a shallow basin of land that ends at the pebbled beach. Its relative inaccessibility makes clean up operations a problem, and although not much litter is left by the few individuals who trek down to the water's edge, the sea washes
up a myriad of bits and pieces that collect on the shore.
Armed with gloves and garbage bags, the Rover Crew set about clearing the beach of what turned out to be, a vast collection of unpaired shoes. Plastic bottles in all shapes and sizes, a few jerry cans, hundreds of meters of discarded rope, various broken bits of plastic, enough styrofoam to make a raft, and a bunch of tubing made up the rest of the junk that had been washed ashore. The sun wasn't out, but it was a warm day and the sweat came in buckets. Our thanks go the family that volunteered to carry some of the bags we had filled back to the top. This was definitely the most arduous part of the activity and the trek back up carrying bagfuls of rubbish was not an easy one.
At the top we were met by Mr. Paul Vella, the mayor of Mgarr, by whose consent we were carrying out the activity, who provided the truck with which to carry away the collected rubbish. All in all, it was a good day's work and some of the members who had never been to the place, got to know about a new little part of our country. Hopefully, we'll witness a decrease in the amount of trash as time goes by and there will be less need for activities like this to keep our beaches clean!