Children help clean park

2015-06-16 06:00
Children from Factreton picked up litter in Glider Crescent park while they learnt about protecting the environment and keeping it clean as part of World Environment Day.

Children from Factreton picked up litter in Glider Crescent park while they learnt about protecting the environment and keeping it clean as part of World Environment Day.

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As part of World Environment Day celebrated on 5 June, the Acre Road Community Safety Patrol from Factreton embarked on a local clean-up operation.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations to raise global awareness to protect the environment.

To honour this day, twelve children from the area around Glider Crescent park were given gloves and garbage bags to help with the clean-up.

The aim of the clean-up was to tidy up the park where the children play, as well as to provide educational awareness. It was an initiative by Coby Lewis, a community leader.

Quinton Langeveldt, chairperson of the Acre Road Community Safety Patrol, says the clean-up was successful as the park looks much better now.

“Illegal dumping is a major problem. Our community should take pride in the little amenities we have.”

A local bakery provided lunch and refreshments for those who helped.

Raymond Diedericks, vice-chairperson of the Patrol, says the park clean-up went by quickly but it was enjoyable to participate with the children.

“We are grateful to all who assisted and contributed,” says Langeveldt.

The Patrol plans on having more community participation events in the future to raise awareness and prevent illegal dumping as well as to make sure that communities take responsibility for their environment

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