Thanks to several volunteers, a portion of Hope River Road in Chilliwack is much cleaner.
On a chilly, rainy Saturday at noon, more than a dozen individuals gathered to pick up rubbish along a 1.4-kilometer stretch of road between Kinsmen Hall to Menzies Street.
Ken Popove, the mayor of Chilliwack, started the cleanup.
I frequently walk along this stretch, and the trash at the side of the road absolutely appalled me, Popove said on January 21. "It simply looked awful."
He initially intended to clean things up alone, but he made a choice to first speak with his friend Zeeshan Khan.
Khan works for the non-profit, volunteer-based Streams Foundation Canada, which carries out good actions in the Chilliwack area. Previous projects have included trash collection, giving out handwritten Christmas cards, providing free food and meals, and arranging ethnic events and free dinners for the neighborhood.
The organization's main focus, according to Khan, is "doing good for the community."
He organized a group of 15 people in a timely manner to assist in sprucing up Popove's weekly walking route.
The group grabbed cups, cans, food wrappers, and pieces of plastic with garbage bags in hand.
Popove referred to Khan's art as "infectious."
Khan is grateful for Popove's support and that the mayor recognizes the contributions made by immigrants from many backgrounds in Chilliwack.
Khan remarked that it's comforting to know that your mayor supports you and that raising awareness was the primary objective of Saturday's cleanup.
Popova continued, "Chilliwack is a big city and it would look a lot nicer if everyone contributed to picking up some rubbish in their neighborhood."
"Clean and green" is my motto, he declared. It's so simple to avoid littering. Simply bring it home.
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