In commemoration of Earth Day 2023, the Dawoodi Bohra community of Mississauga recommitted to protect the environment by participating in the City’s Adopt-a-Park program. Community members adopted Meadow Green Park and have dedicated themselves to conducting regular clean-up activities to ensure a litter free and enjoyable space for children and visitors. Delivering on their commitment, the community conducted the first park clean-up with the help of volunteers on April 30, 2023.
Clean-up volunteers included members of all ages, with the youngest volunteers being just five years old. Equipped with garbage bags, gloves and litter pickers, the Bohras spent two hours collecting litter in the park, while enjoying the rain and flocks of birds. Additional clean-up drives are planned to be conducted over the next two years and the community is excited to actively participate in maintaining the green spaces for future generations.
Appreciating the efforts of the volunteers, Behlah Ayman, the President of the Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga said, “The initiative to adopt and maintain the park will cultivate a sense of responsibility among the community’s elders and children and will remind us of our commitment to keep our neighbourhoods, surroundings, and city clean and green.”
This program is being undertaken as part of the Dawoodi Bohra’s global Project Rise initiative, which strives to address global development challenges, ranging from hunger and poverty to climate crisis and education. Project Rise volunteers throughout the world regularly gather to clean their cities, rivers, and coastlines, taking proactive steps to eliminate plastic pollution and promote environmental sustainability.