Silver City’s little helpers
Tuesday, 7th March, 2017
Eight local children armed with spades of enthusiasm helped clean up the Silver City on Sunday as part of Clean Up Australia Day.
They set up at the Riddiford Arboretum with their gloves and clean-up bags and children braved the heat to pick up rubbish that had littered the site.
The effort was co-ordinated by Martha Gouniai who runs a Baha’i Children’s Class with the children each week.
The class, which is offered by the local Baha’i Community, has been running for nearly two years with students learning about the role of different virtues like respect, kindness and generosity and how to apply them to our daily lives.
Sunday they put all of those virtues into practice while collecting rubbish, the most common items being plastic bags and fast food wrappers which had probably blown over from the Plaza across the road.
The children even found a large discarded battery which must have been dumped in the reserve.
“I felt it was important that the class participate in this event,” Martha said.
“Consciousness of the environment and the way our actions impact the world around us needs to be developed from when we are young, that’s when we start to form habits of action like always throwing your rubbish in the bin”.
The children took home a certificate and a cupcake at the end of the day along with a great sense of pride for what they had contributed to their community. Martha hopes that when people see the effort the children put in to cleaning up the area they will be more conscious of how they discard their own rubbish.