On 8th March 2016, 13 Cardiff Met students volunteered to clean a beach and in just one hour collected 21 bags of rubbish.
Students braved the cold weather to walk across the scenic Ogmore-By-Sea beach in the Vale of Glamorgan to clear it of litter. The beach clean was organised by UMAX in the Students’ Union and also by Elora Ancelot, a School of Art and Design student. The project was in partnership with the charity ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ who provided the litter picking equipment. South Wales Police and a local resident also joined in.
Volunteers mainly collected drinks bottles and bits of plastic and rope that had been washed up by the sea. Interestingly, they also found lots of shark egg cases. These have been submitted to the Shark Trust and will help indicate to them the types of sharks in British waters.
The beach clean was one of many volunteer projects organised by UMAX this academic year. Other projects that have taken place include, dog walking for a homeless dog shelter, litter picking in Cardiff, volunteering at a farm which provides an alternative education for young people with learning difficulties and making Christmas cards for poorly children in hospital.
Take a look at the UMAX volunteering webpage and sign up to our mailing list here: http://www.cardiffmetsu.co.uk/umax/employability/volunteering/
Keep Wales Tidy website: http://www.keepwalestidy.org/
To find out more about the Shark Eggcase Hunt visit: http://www.sharktrust.org/en/great_eggcase_hunt