Original article from Kent Live
A pair of Tonbridge schoolboys have picked up 45 bags of litter in 25 days as part of a challenge they set themselves for Ramadan.
Brothers Jojo and Danny Eisawy, 10 and 12, started a litter-picking movement in Tonbridge last year, encouraging 150 streets to clean their roads.
This year they’ve taken the initiative one step further by committing themselves to litter-picking every day throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
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Danny said: “We wanted to do something productive and positive for Ramadan every day.
“It takes my mind off things like food and makes me a bit more peaceful and happy.”
12-year-old Danny is fasting but his younger brother Jojo is currently too young.
The pair, who call themselves ‘Litter Kickers’, explained how important Ramadan is to Muslims and that litter-picking helps them to focus on being kind during the holy month.
Danny said litter has become even worse since the Covid-19 pandemic as the increase in takeaways and PPE has led to more people dropping their rubbish.
The brothers ran a mask campaign last year where they specifically set out to pick up the face-coverings people had dropped.
Danny added: “It’s not that hard to pick up your rubbish, it has a massive effect if you do.
“You will be saving a lot of lives, it could even be human lives.”
Litter-picking isn’t the only good deed the boys have been doing every day, they saved 35 toads trapped in drains last year and are currently on the lookout for more.
The boys aren’t planning on resting after Ramadan either, Danny is eager to start a ‘Litter Ripple’ campaign at the end of May, encouraging people to pick up three bits of rubbish a day.
This is a smaller, Covid-friendly version of the ‘Litter Wave’ initiative the brothers started last year where they urged communities to come together and clean their roads.
They encouraged people to take a selfie next to their road sign and they coloured the participating streets in on a map.
Jojo added that the brothers also have litter-picking goals for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
They plan to set themselves a challenge for each Olympic sport including carrying a bag of litter in each hand for weightlifting and litter-picking by a lake or the sea for swimming.