A group of young people from Grace United Church in Springdale recently took part in a national campaign that is aimed at beautifying the shorelines of the country.
© Rudy Norman
Those who took part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Springdale last week were: (Back, L-R) Emma O’Rourke, Youth Leader, Grace United Church; Rev. Wilson Gonese, Minister at Grace United Church; (Middle, L-R): Victoria Regular, Chelsea Regular, Brooklyn Watts, Robyn Bixby, Richard Clarke, and (Front) Emmanuel Gonese.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has been active for the past 20 years. This year they have public and private clean ups going on across the entire country – including in Springdale.
Emma O’Rourke, and her youth group from Grace United Church, embarked on the journey of their clean up last Monday.
“We went off with garbage bags and gloves in hand,” said O’Rourke. The group started at the old Government wharf and ended at the base of Peter Parson’s home, said O’Rourke.
“We were at it for about two hours,” said the team leader, “and everyone had a marvelous time, for sure.”
During the course of their clean up, the group unearthed everything from rusted chain, paint cans to chewing gum wrappers.
“It all, we collected around 15 bags of garbage,” said O’Rourke. “It was a great experience that taught the youth the importance to taking care of the environment.”
Afterwards, everyone was treated to snacks and drink, as a thank you for a job well done.