Hashers Not Trashers
HASHERS NOT TRASHERS 501©3 (HNT H3)
The stunning colorful backdrop of the southwestern desert with spectacular cacti, giant saguaro, and the jagged, raw mountaintops is where RICKY DARREN – Founder of Hashers Not Trashers 501©3 (HNT H3) created a non-profit to enlist groups of runners and walkers, who carry grocery bags, to clean up the roadways and trails.
Hashers Not Trashers Mission
Ricky Darren, with almost three decades of experience as a Sabino Canyon park ranger, land specialist, and firefighter, has committed his life to protect and caring for the land, educating youth, and leading by example to others may follow. He joined a group of athletic, outdoorsy like-minded men and women spending several hours on urban or country trails, afterward followed up to enjoy a few refreshing beers and socialize with camaraderie. The entertaining and outdoor club called the HASH HOUSE HARRIERS – H3 originated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938. Over eighty years, with clubs in every city around the world, there are a collective group of young and seasoned residents, ex-pats, and locals who keep fit, feel young and enjoy the natural beauty of their surroundings.
The problem of littered trash when one steps outdoors, is the focus of the Hashers Not Trashers movement of kennel volunteers, friends, and locals participating. Weekly photographs are submitted of folks proudly smiling with collected recyclables and trash. With increased participation, the volunteer service has grown to people sharing stories of commitment in almost 50 states and far away to global cities, including Brazil, Stockholm, London, Denmark, Turkey, Israel, and Scotland. Each city kennel group can partner with other local environmental non-profits ranging from urban, ocean, park, and neighborhood clean ups.
The mission is to positively impact the land we all enjoy and use every single day. Ricky and over 2,500 volunteers test their philosophy of Mother Earth care by adopting a neighborhood and street to regularly clean up, applying daily recyclable measures, reducing a carbon footprint, and monitoring the natural habitat.