Conwy litter pickers to film awareness-raising South African dance at beauty spots

  Posted: 21.04.21 at 14:19 by The Editor

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A group of Conwy litter pickers are encouraging volunteers to join them in a South African dance!

Friends of the Earth Conwy are organising the dance – Jerusalema All Over the World - at beauty spots across Conwy county in May.

The environmental group usually meet at Conwy’s Albion pub, but its 20 or so members are now meeting via Zoom, due to the pandemic.

Yesterday the group revealed how a recent litter pick at Llanrhos had recovered 37 bags of rubbish

Members Richard Hatton and Karin Bruns, from Llanrhos, are hoping to encourage volunteers to join them in the South African dance craze across Conwy, which will be filmed by a drone camera. The footage, which will be captured at beauty spots such as the Great Orme, will then be edited to raise awareness of the environment.

The couple are asking volunteers to kit themselves out in their litter-picking gear and send in their videos for editing.

Richard explained. “There is a global dance challenge called the Jerusalema Dance Challenge,” he said.

“We’ve appropriated that, and we are gathering people together to dance for the cause against littering.

“We’ve got a dance tutor, and we’ve had a number of tutorials recently, and the idea is that we will get litter pickers mobilised to take up the challenge. We are all going to get ourselves rigged up in our litter picking kit. We’ve got a drone pilot who is going to take footage, and we hope to get a bunch of people doing this dance challenge at beauty spots.

“We don’t have an exact date, but it’s going to take place in May. We are going to gather together in groups and dance at places such as the west shore and on top of the Orme and get people togged out in their litter-picking kit.

“People can film themselves doing it individually if they can’t’ get together in a gang, but the ideal scenario is we’ll get a big gang of people assembling - socially distanced, of course - at different locations, and we’ll have the drone pilot, and we’ll clip the footage together for social media to raise awareness of environmental issues.”

Anyone who is interested in helping in the litter picks or joining the dance can contact Friends of the Earth Conwy via their Facebook page.

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