Green Kayaking Days - Lake Ohrid
Under the motto “When you go green in sport, you are growing!” on 18 September 2022, starting at 10 am, at “Mashka Plazha” in Struga, the first Green Regatta was successfully implemented as part of the “Green Kayak” project, organized by the DRIM Kayak Canoe Club from Struga and Mladiinfo.
The event was attended by recreational sportsmen, ecologists, members, and volunteers from the DRIM Kayak Canoe Club from Struga, STRMEC Kayaking Club from Ohrid, as well as SUP clubs from Ohrid and Struga.
The start of the green regatta was at “Mashka Plazha”, and the collection of the waste took place along the coastal line, in the direction of the Red Cross building, in a length of 1 km. T-shirts, hats, gloves, and bags were distributed to the volunteers, and then, divided into groups, they start cleaning. In less than an hour, green volunteers managed to collect 250 kg of waste. Symbolic awards and diplomas were awarded to all participants. As a refreshment after the action, there were protein bars, juices, water bottles, and fruits for all volunteers, accompanied by the performance of DJ Aleksandar Panoski and host Ivan Lazoroski.
Green Kayaking Days - river Tisza
Sixty kayakers gathered on Saturday morning, 24 September 2022, on the banks of the river Tisza, to clean it of garbage, waste, and pollution. With the motto, Green Kayak – Clean River, the Magyarkanizsa Brotherhood Kayak Club, implemented the first local event of the Green Kayak project.
Unfortunately, such an action is specifically needed and it is of great importance since the river Tisza and its riverbanks are in a terrible situation, covered in plastic and other waste. Sixty kayakers participating in this event got shirts, bags, and gloves to help them in this cleaning action. Cleaning was carried out on foot by the volunteers cleaning the riverbanks and by kayaks, cleaning the river. Banners were printed and the attendance list was filled.
However, Saturday’s cleaning action was not only work but also team building, as nature lovers and kayakers spent a whole day together in Magyarkanizsa.
Green Kayaking Days - river Neretva
One day for a clean Neretva
The event was organized on the River Neretva, from the Rowing club „Neretvanski gusar“ to the Tower of Norin. The volunteers gathered on the 8th of October 2022 in the Club premises and the event started at 9 o’clock. Fifty volunteers participated in this event: kids from the kayak section and rowing club, Board members of “Neretvanski gusar” and employees of the Croatian Canoe Federation. As a first step, T-shirts, gloves, bags, and pickups (garbage catchers) were distributed to the volunteers, and then, divided into groups, they start cleaning the river and the riverbank. Each group got a part of the river to clean. The most of garbage was on the riverbank, and it was unpractical for kids except in a rubber boat, to collect garbage from kayaks on those parts. Over 30 big bags of garbage were collected along with some bulk waste. After cleaning, they all gathered in the Club premises and distributed lunch packages to the volunteers (a sandwich, a banana, and a bottle of water). As a reminder of the project “Green Kayak”, diplomas were awarded to each volunteer. The rest of the afternoon the group spent barbecuing and learning about the new technologies in producing kayak boats.
Green Kayaking Days - lake Pancharevo
The event was organized on the shore of Pancharevo Lake, from the Kayak Canoe Club „Water land“. The volunteers gathered on the 8th of October 2022. Fifty volunteers participated in this event: kids and youngsters from the kayak and rowing clubs. Every participant in this event was granted T-shirts, gloves, and bags. Each group got a part of the lake to clean. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats were used to clean the lakeshores of garbage. Many bags of garbage were collected along with some bulk waste. After cleaning, volunteers all gathered for the refreshment (sandwiches, fruits, bottles of water, and juice) procured by the Club Water Land.