Back in communist Yugoslavia, a radna akcija was a collective labour effort designed to help rebuild the country after WWII.
Okay, so our little radna akcija wasn’t nearly quite so grand – only three people showed up – but we’re still fabulously proud of it. And we’d like to use it to launch more like it!
When one of the members of our Living in Belgrade facebook group got annoyed about the rubbish collecting up on the Sava riverbank (near Kalemegdan), we jumped at the chance to do something about it and put a call out for volunteers.
Plenty of people responded positively but, on the day itself, it was just the three of us. Still, we rolled up our sleeves and started collecting rubbish.
In just a couple of hours, we managed to collect around twenty full bags and carted them off to the kontiš (slang for kontejner, i.e. dumpster). We recycled the plastic bottles, of course! Sadly, the level of the river had risen and we couldn’t get to many of the plastic bottles floating just out of reach. We did as much as we could, given the circumstances.
Two things were made clear: 1) just three people, putting a bit of elbow grease in, can achieve quite a lot in one Sunday afternoon; and 2) if we really want to make a difference, we need more people!
So, to that end, we are going to plan more Living in Belgrade radne akcije, but on a bigger scale… And maybe with food and beer next time!
Watch this space for more info and, if you have ideas to contribute or would like to volunteer, please get involved via our facebook group: Living in Belgrade.