SWIM Lebanon and the University of Balamand (UOB) are organizing a clean-up of the Qadisha Valley river on Saturday, August 6th.
The river runs through the Holy Valley for about 45 km east and west of the Qadisha grotto, between Bsharri and the Cedars of God, with breathtaking nature all around.
The volunteers will meet at Saint George garden in Bcharri at 10 AM to then proceed to the Qadisha river. An environmental awareness session will be provided, followed by the clean-up of the river and then a tour of the Qadisha grotto.
This event is open to the participation of the public. Anyone can volunteer by showing up at the meeting point. No application is required.
Nabil Awad, one of the founders of SWIM, told 961 that all that is required for the volunteers to bring along are “reusable gloves, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a bottle of water, and to wear hiking shoes.”
SWIM is an initiative that stands for Sustainable Waste Intercity Marathon. It hosts cleanups on water borders by combining swimming and collecting wastes.
The ultimate goal for SWIM is to achieve a clean coastline across Lebanon by raising awareness of how crucial it is to protect the environment.