World Mission Society Church of God joins ‘Clean Up Australia Day’, NSWMarch 5, 2017
Volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God, Sydney, joined in ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ on March 5, 2017. Church of God members take part in the campaign annually in addition to their other environmental activities.
In spite of the drizzling rain, members gathered with big smiles to make their local areas brighter and more beautiful. Around 100 volunteers were grouped into 3 teams so as to clean up three separate locations.
Clean Up Australia Day, Innes Crescent in Mt Druitt
At Mt Druitt, along with the Clean Up Australia Day, they made a lot of effort to paint over graffiti covering street walls, electrical poles as well as shopfronts. Within just two hours, the volunteers collected rubbish filling dozens of 50-litre bags. Furthermore, bulky items such as car parts and furniture were also gathered.
Blacktown Councillor, Carol Israel, was delighted to participate in the event with church volunteers. She said afterwards, “Thank you for inviting me and I really appreciate your efforts. I would like to come and join you again next time.”
A local business owner was touched by the members’ devotional efforts and provided refreshing bottles of water. Blacktown Council warmly supported members with cleaning and painting tools as well as fresh fruits and water for the volunteers.
Meanwhile, the volunteers’ team in Parramatta Park cleanup site received much positive feedback from the local residents who joined the cleanup. Notably, they worked in unity, cleaning up rubbish filling fifteen garbage bags.
A volunteer named Ela participated in the cleanup for the first time. She said “After we finished our volunteer work, I felt content and joyful knowing that our Father and Mother’s love shone through our good deeds. Especially, I realised I should apply Christ’s teachings to everything I do in my daily life.”
Speaking about this, Nitika, another new volunteer shared her experience. “Indeed, I learnt that many little efforts can make a massive change and make a difference on this earth. I especially recommend others to experience our cleanup campaigns. Most importantly, this helps to preserve our earth for present living, and also for future generations.”
Another group of around 30 volunteers collected rubbish filling a dozen bags from Coogee Beach and its nearby streets for the Australia Day Cleanup.
Marnie who participated in the cleanup at Coogee beach said, “Australia has very beautiful beaches. Certainly, we are aware of how vital the sea is. This cleanup encourages me to take action in preserving our beautiful nature and environment for the future.”