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Thames River Cleanup this Saturday

By Tara Bowie, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Perhaps participants in the Thames River cleanup will find this shopping cart, spotted in the south branch of the river last summer. (RANDY RICHMOND, The London Free Press)

Perhaps participants in the Thames River cleanup will find this shopping cart, spotted in the south branch of the river last summer. (RANDY RICHMOND, The London Free Press)

One year, Paul Dona pulled an old furnace out of the creek behind his home in Ingersoll.

He's also picked up full bags of garbage, a bus door, old tires and many take-away coffee cups and other litter.

“Its just some people have no respect," the Friends of the Thames volunteer said.

This year's massive cleanup event of the Thames River takes place on April 20 at various locations along the waterway.

Dona will be part of Ingersoll's cleanup efforts, with volunteers meeting at the Ingersoll Fire Hall at 9 a.m. Last year, only about 65 people came out for the cleanup. Organizers are hoping for at least double that this year.

"Last year was pathetic," he said. "This event is for everyone. It's good to get out to see the amount of litter we have in our community."

Although the cleanup is only scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers can work as long as they want. High school students can apply the hours they spend at the cleanup to their required volunteer hours for school.

Dona said all equipment including trash bags and gloves are supplied.

This year, the Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) will be on hand at the river cleanup with a display board. The group will also be cooking up lunch for the volunteers.


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