January 1, 1970


scab duty


At school we called it Scab Duty, when a whole class would leave its lesson to wander around the school picking up rubbish. No one liked it and we would complain bitterly.  We had BBQ tongs for the pick up. I guess it was an outing, of sorts. Who would have thought 30 years on I’d be doing it ‘off my own bat’. index I have to admit though; it wasn’t until I read that David Sedaris had ‘at 56, found a new hobby: picking up rubbishthat got me thinking about actually doing something about the rubbish I see.  When David takes his guests for a walk near his home, he hands them a bag for them to pick up rubbish. Of course, he would be brilliant company and I image his guests would find it all a hilarious adventure. I have 3 rules when out ‘scabbing’ – 1. only pick up plastic, 2. have a bin within my sights and 3. only pick up one piece at a time. These rules will help me not to get confused with a street cleaner (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I only started scabbing at the weekend, picking up a squashed water bottle on the road as I crossed. My first pick up wasn’t very elegant and it definitely wasn’t hilarious. A car beeped me! I wasn’t sure if they were encouraging me or telling me to move along. However, I do need to work on the perfect sweep up – an elegant bend, a deft pick up and a simple drop into the bin. Slainte – Colleen



July 9, 2024
At the heart of every nunnery is, of course, charity. We love our partnership with the Brigidine Sisters and are impressed with their passion to give. That’s a long history of giving from these remarkable women, and we are not only benefactors of this kindness, as their other philanthropy does ripple out to myriad of other organisations as well.


July 8, 2024
WPA acknowledges that when it comes to environmental initiatives, its people are its strength. It has recently partnered with us to plant 15 trees for each hard-working staff member identified as a Sustainability Warrior.


June 18, 2024
Furnx is taking proactive steps each day and planning into the future, to ensure their company is part of a circular economy. Reducing waste and consumption of resources, and increasing recycling and reuse of materials is top of mind in every business decision they make, contributing to a more sustainable world. And now they are planting trees!