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Twitter community comes together for #Twitsaafu cleanup

Ahmed Aiham
11 June 2019, MVT 17:41
The Maldivian Twitter community has organized a mass cleanup on reclaimed suburb Hulhumale' this Friday. PHOTO: THINK
Ahmed Aiham
11 June 2019, MVT 17:41

Maldivian Twitter community, in viral fashion, came together to organize the #TwitSaafu cleanup in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale' for Friday, June 14.

The citizen-led cleanup gained traction overnight via a single tweet, prompting the organizers to schedule the cleanup.

The cleanup will take place from BBQ area till the tourist beach, encompassing the eastern coast of the island. The event will commence at 1400 hrs and conclude at 1800 hrs.

#TwitSaafu cleanup event will take place across the eastern coast of reclaimed suburb Hulhumale'. PHOTO: HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION / TWITSAAFU

Additionally, the event will feature live music performances from various renowned musicians.

The initial tweet that garnered viral twitter attraction leading to the cleanup. PHOTO: TWITTER

"I was expecting to get at least 10-15 people to clean up the beach", said organizer Siyana Mohamed Solih (Naa), noting that the event was initially thought out as a small scale activity as an example for her 4-year old daughter who wanted to collect the "grubbish" littered throughout her resident island.

Later blowing up on social media, the event garnered support and collaboration from anonymous donors, state-owned Hulhumale' Development Corporation (HDC) and various private companies such as Veligaa Hardware, Parley and Pizza Buona.

The tweet announcing the event timings. PHOTO: TWITTER

Local NGO Save The Beach, coastal cleanup initiative 'Project Damage Control' and 'American Center Male' will provide assistance for the event.

Moreover, the organizing team revealed that discussions are underway with potential contributors and highlighted positive responses from the corporate sphere.

In order to assist coordination with a growing number of interested individuals, the organizers established a telegram group. Over 600 people have joined the group since.

The organizers are expecting a turnout of approximately 200 participants

One of the main hashtags #FarudheeZimmaa aims to promote citizens to engage in their civic responsibilities.

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