Sapa joins Clean Up the World Weekend 2013

Gather rubbish in Trung Chai-SapaTo raise public awareness of environmental concerns, the social enterprise Sapa O’Chau will organize ‘Clean Up Sapa’ on September 21-22 to clear local villages of rubbish, and also to respond to the ‘Clean Up the World Weekend’ campaign founded by Australian Ian Kiernan.

This is the third consecutive event held annually in Sapa under the ‘Clean Up the World Weekend’ campaign.
It is expected that Sapa – which is the travel hotspot of Lao Cai, a northwestern province of Vietnam — will have four villages Cat Cat, Lao Chai, Xin Chai, and Ta Van in the Muong Hoa Valley, and Sapa Town cleaned up. In addition, over 20 kilometers of roads in the area will also be cleared of rubbish thanks to the event.

Around 100 volunteers, including local business partners, authorities, students and locals, will take part to improve their own living environment and contribute to making a difference in their nation and the world.
Over the coming weekend, the volunteers will begin their community work at Sapa O’Chau Café at 9:00am, and from there they will move on to the local villages.
The event will end with a Thank You party for all of the participants, with sponsor companies providing logistical support and food and drinks. The sponsors include Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, Topas Travel, Kenpass Vietnam, Indigo Cat, H’mong Sapa Hotel, Sapa Travelmate, TOM Travel, The H’mong Sisters Bar, Duc Minh Travel, Delta Restaurant, Vietnam My Way Travel, Le Gecko Restaurant, Chau Long Hotel, The Hill Station Restaurant, Red Dao House Restaurant, Hoang Lien National Park, and Baguette and Chocolate.

As a social enterprise, Sapa O’Chau puts the money it earns from trekking, homestays, its café, and teaching back into the community through projects such as providing winter clothes, improving village schools, and education.
‘Clean Up the World’ founder Kiernan sent a message to the Sapa group, saying “The Hmong people are taking a significant step [in adjusting to the changes taking place in the world]”.
“They have just hooked on to the ‘Clean Up the World’ concept by organizing theirs,” he added.
‘Clean Up the World’ encourages participants to organize an activity on or around the weekend to celebrate environmental successes from cleaning up, conserving water, planting trees, raising environmental awareness, and education initiatives.