Kangaroo Island Ploggathon gets under way

The KI Ploggathon starts this Thursday, June 13 and continues to Sunday, June 23 with participants doing a 300km tour around the Island picking up rubbish along the way.

Organiser Clement Chapel calling on as many Islanders as possible to enter the Ploggathon and do as much or as little walking as you like.

"You can choose to walk 3, 5, 10 km or run 5, 10 km or a full day distance up to 40 km while picking trash along the way," he said.

The Ploggathon starts Thursday morning at Little Sahara and heads east to Emu Ridge, then on Friday continues from Emu Ridge to Pennington Bay.

All drivers please keep an eye out and slow down for Clem and the others walking along the roads. Safety first!

The rubbish picking-up competition will see prizes awarded each day for participants it will all culminate at the Kangaroo Island Brewery on Sunday, June 23, where all the rubbish collected from KI's roadsides will be piled up.

Clem and his friends warmed up last Tuesday, June 4 picking up more 3000 pieces along 23km of Playford Highway at Parndana.

"Sad to see this pile of 3000 pieces of litter picked-up on Playford Highway," Clem posted on the Ploggathon Facebook page.

"(We) covered only 23km of roadsides to accumulate this shocking pile of our trash perishing in the wild. Our planet doesn't deserve that but Ploggathon will remove 50,000 pieces of trash from a pristine environment...

"Get on board with us for the Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn Ploggathon. All together for a cleaner and healthier environment."

The KI ploggers on the weekend picked-up 350 pieces of plastic washed by the ocean at Cape Kersaint Beach on the remote coast of Kangaroo Island.

The KI ploggers on the weekend picked-up 350 pieces of plastic washed by the ocean at Cape Kersaint Beach on the remote coast of Kangaroo Island.

The ploggers meanwhile on the weekend went out at stunning Cape Kersaint Beach, thanks to their partner Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action.

"One more time we sadly picked-up 350 pieces of plastic washed by the ocean. For a few months, we have already removed 1200 pieces of human trash in this very remote area where there is no human activity at all," Clem posted on Facebook.

Register now to participate, cover any distance you can. Contact Clem on 0477 559 132 or on the Ploggathon Facebook page.

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