Expats begin kids in the city campaign

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21 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Tired of filth on the streets and in play areas, expats have teamed up with locals to push for a cleaner environment for their children in The Hague.

21 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Tired of filth on the streets and in play areas, expats have teamed up with locals to push for a cleaner environment for their children in The Hague.

"Dog excrement in parks, playgrounds and streets? Shortly this will be a thing of the past," according to New Zealand expat Kathy Voyles, chairperson of the Kids in the City foundation.

The organisation's website, www.kidsinthecity.org (in English and Dutch), will be officially launched at playground (Speeltuin) Cantaloupen, Cantaloupenburg 26ª in The Hague from 5pm to 7pm on Friday 23 September.

The reception will be held following the group's first workshop for children aged 6 to 12 years at the Cantaloupen Clubhouse from 3.30pm to 4.30pm where they will be
designing posters for the "Dear Mr Dog" book competition due to be judged next May.

The competition asks children would they like to see "more flowers, less dog poop, more fun playgrounds in the city, good places for dogs and kids" and "would you like to picnic on clean, green grass".

The entrants, aged 4 to 12, are invited to write an essay, postcard or design a poster to outline their experiences.

The Kids in the City foundation was established earlier this year by 12 expats exasperated by the amount of dog excrement in The Hague.

The goal is to bring both expat and local parents and children, as well as the city authorities and dog-owners together to work for a cleaner and more liveable city.

The foundation hopes to find new and more creative solutions for the dog excrement problem, in part by getting children, artists and educationalists thinking about the issue.

The website www.kindsinthecity.org will feature information in English and Dutch about 'Toxocara T Canis', a parasite found in dog excrement that is left on the street for a long time. The parasite can is particularly dangerous to children.

To register for Kids in The City workshops phone Kathy Voyles at 070 345 9893 or email kathy@kidsinthecity.org

See www.kidsinthecity.org for more details

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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