On World Cleanup Day, Vancouver Dawoodi Bohras of all ages from Burnaby, Surrey, Abbotsford and Maple Ridge in BC came together on Habour Avenue by the Fraser River in Mission to tackle the waste problem and pick up over 300 pounds of garbage. Volunteers spent over two hours picking up waste, including plastic and other trash that had been dumped by the road on Harbour Avenue in Mission. The initiative was undertaken in collaboration with Mission Environmental Stewardship Society, whose vision is to “Keep Mission Beautiful” and to help stop littering and dumping.
Executive Director Michele Chapman said, “The Mission Environmental Stewardship Society was happy to partner with the Vancouver Dawoodi Bohra community in an initiative to clean up the harbour area along the Fraser River in Mission today. It is great to see engaged community members of all ages and from different towns working together to help us pick up 304 pounds of litter and dumped furniture. We look forward to collaborating with the community in future endeavors.”
Locals also stopped by, with one commenting that it was nice to see their city being cleaned up and another saying that he would be happy to help next time.
The leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Community of Vancouver, Huzeifa Roker, said “Caring for the environment is a key goal for the Dawoodi Bohra Community worldwide and is part of our global Project Rise initiative that includes helping to keep our planet clean and safe. The Dawoodi Bohras of Vancouver are a small part of a bigger worldwide initiative and are enthusiastic about keeping the environment free of waste.”
The Mission Environmental Stewardship Society was created to support the efforts of citizens, organizations, businesses, and government to prevent and remove littered and illegally dumped waste.