Students clean Zonnebloem

2019-05-21 06:01
Students and members of ASEZ with some of the 140 bags of trash that they collected in Zonnebloem.

Students and members of ASEZ with some of the 140 bags of trash that they collected in Zonnebloem.

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About 100 students from the World Mission Society Church of God and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) cleaned the suburb of Zonnebloem on Sunday 12 May.

The cleaning campaign was organised by the organisation Saving the Earth from A to Z (ASEZ), a global organisation that helps with the pollution problem and protecting the environment.

The students started in Caledon Street and after three hours they were picking up the trash, weeding out and sweeping the streets. A total of 140 plastic bags of trash were filled and the members undertook to look after the street continually.

The City of Cape Town supplied refuse bags, masks, brooms and other cleaning materials.

Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg who joined the volunteer activity gave words of encouragement. “I am so grateful to be here (today) with the ASEZ members; you are truly a shining emblem and I want to commend your collective action to bring about a meaningful change in your community, it is truly inspiring. Your role, contribution and energy inspires other young people to play an active role in making our society a better one,” she said.

ASEZ is an international volunteer group that consists of Church of God university students from 175 countries. It was formed to save the earth’s environment which is perishing and help their neighbours in the whole world who face severe danger, they do their activities wholeheartedly based on sincere faith and love of God.

Their main activity is SAVE and stands for Social service, Awareness raising, Victim relief and Environmental protection.

Since January local members have processed six volunteer activities and globally in 34 countries. They have done clean-up campaigns around the University of Cape Town, CPUT and the University of the Western Cape. Other campaigns were done in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Last year 18 of their members were chosen to deliver a speech at the headquarters of the United Nations on International Day of Tolerance on 16 November. They also campaigned for the 70th universal declaration of Human Rights from 6 to 13 December and ASEZ received the Gold medal from the Green Apple. They also received the golden environmental award from the United States.

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