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  • Southside

Flossie is cleaning up

Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 2:00pm
Flossie is cleaning up

Flossie (pictured centre with Cllr Cormac Devlin) and her volunteer clean up crew.

Flossie is cleaning up

Flossie (pictured centre with Cllr Cormac Devlin) and her volunteer clean up crew.

FLOSSIE Donnelly is a 10-year-old girl from Sandycove who has found an unusual passion for her young age: cleaning up the ocean.

Flossie lives next to the beach and had recently noticed something that upset her.

“Me and my mummy go crabbing almost every day really,” Flossie explained.

“And during the summer the beach gets really dirty due to all the people coming. There are loads of creatures in the ocean and all the rubbish can poison, hurt or kill them.”

After Flossie came to this heartbreaking realisation, she decided to act upon it.

She decided that every Friday at 6pm she would go to Sandycove beach and clean it up. She approached her mother, Harriet Donnelly, with the idea. 

“If I’m really honest, I didn’t do anything in the beginning,” Harriet said. “Flossie created her own digital poster, which I didn’t even know she could do, and showed it to me.”

Harriet was thrilled with the idea and posted the poster on Facebook which helped spread Flossie’s plan.

Next, Flossie took her matter to a local county councillor, Cormac Devlin, who immediately became intrigued.

“Flossie spoke to Cllr Devlin and he was absolutely amazing,” Harriet added. “He got us stuff from the council, like gloves and bags and things like that.”

According to Cllr Devlin: “It’s very unusual that a child of her age approached an adult and a politician at that. That she is so environmentally aware is wonderful.

“I think we’ll hearing the name of Flossie Donnelly in years to come. She has a bright future ahead of her.

"All she wants is people's time and energy,” added Cllr Devlin.  “And it's great fun as well."

The council provided gloves, litter pickers and bags for Flossie and her clean-up crew.

At first Harriet said nobody showed up and Flossie was a bit disappointed, but then Flossie’s idea start spreading via Facebook and Twitter.

Now Harriet says that she and Flossie have received messages from people everywhere, saying that they love Flossie’s idea.

 "If people could share my poster on Facebook or decide to do their own clean up that would be helpful,” Flossie said.

You can join  Flossie every Friday from now until August 19 at 6pm at Sandycove beach where she will be cleaning up for an hour.

She will provide all of the materials needed.

REPORT: Ana Golden

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