Kalymnos every year becomes a pole of attraction for tourists, who enjoy with great satisfaction not just the incomparable beauty of the island but the warm hospitality of its people too.
One of these people is Michalis Glynatsis, a physical education teacher, a swimmer “from a crib” as his friends call him. His great love for his place and his great passion for the sea world brought him to the doorstep of All for Blue about three years ago and since then he has been the animator of a group of people who want to keep their island clean and see smiling faces every summer.
After the gradual lifting of restrictions on tackling the health crisis of Covid-19, the friends of All for Blue in Kalymnos organized their first mission for 2020 following all the necessary measures of self-protection against the virus and the necessary distances between them.
They were divided into 2 groups, one for the underwater cleanup and one for the beach, of five and seven people, wearing masks, reusable gloves and wetsuits. They visited Melitsaxa’s picturesque, for the beach and underwater cleanup.
With hand sanitizers and reusable sacks by All for Blue they worked tirelessly for more than five hours, managing to collect bulky items and rubbish of various kinds which they placed in 22 bags before being withdrawn from the beaches. They collected plastic bags, glass bottles, aluminum soft drink cans but also nets and many other items, such as 88 car tires, toys, chairs, abandoned anchors and ropes.
Then, with the valuable help of the Public Authority of Kalymnos, which provided a truck, they managed to remove the waste from the beautiful beach of the island. Soon, Michalis’s team, who is the ambassador of All for Blue in Kalymnos and the Dodecanese, will repeat the cleanups, so that these areas can be properly prepared for the summer.