Pick up beach trash, get free breakfast at Pasir Ris Park cafe

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Participants of the
Participants of the "Love Our Coast" beach clean-up initiative at Pasir Ris Beach. (PHOTO: BlazonSEA)

SINGAPORE — A beachside cafe in Pasir Ris Park will give patrons a free breakfast if they help pick up trash along the beach.

The "Love Our Coast" initiative by Georges@The Cove - a 22-year-old food-and-beverage outlet at the park - began on Sunday (29 August), with around 20 patrons spent picking up plastic waste and other non-biodegradable litter from the beach and park.

They eventually picked up about 17.5 kilograms of rubbish in one hour, and in return, each of them received complimentary breakfast sets, Corona beer, Andersen's ice-cream and Oakley vouchers. They also attended a workshop by Our Singapore Reefs, a community of divers raising awareness for conserving coral reefs.

The initiative is the brainchild of David Leong, founder of Georges@The Cove. The 49-year-old told Yahoo News Singapore that he had originally planned it with PR firm Blazon for the event to begin in July, but had to postpone it due to the tightening of COVID-19 safe management measures.

In his view, the two biggest challenges facing the world are the pandemic and the long-term impact of humanity on the environment. “On our own, we cannot change the world but what we are trying to do here is to show that we can all be part of the solution," said Leong.

The monthly clean-up will take place on every last Sunday of the month, and those interested can sign up at Georges' website. They can also join Telegram group @loveourcoast for updates.

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