Let’s Make a Cleaner World!
Around 30 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation came together in Fayetteville, North Carolina to clean Cross Creek on June 17, 2018. They arrived with an eagerness to lend a helping hand to the city. The volunteers united to clean, protect and preserve the river which was once the city’s epicenter for trade.
With local and regional partners planning to restore Cross Creek, WeLoveU is working towards that goal by removing as much litter and trash as possible. The volunteers carried this activity out under the organization’s Clean World Movement. It’s a global initiative crafted by WeLoveU’s Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah. The goal: to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change
Every year, WeLoveU chapters in more than 50 countries around the world organize cleanups in their respective areas. Climate change and environmental pollution are becoming a big focal point for many government officials including the United Nations. Keeping that in mind, WeLoveU carries out volunteer services for the betterment of the planet.
One Cleanup at a Time
The local volunteers in Fayetteville, North Carolina could not let this opportunity pass by them. To serve their community, they assembled together in Festival Park where Cross Creek flows. All sorts of trash and debris covered the creek’s bank. Surprisingly, they found glass bottles, fallen tree limbs, damaged signs, broken iron rods and rusted pipes in and out of the creek. One by one they began picking up all the trash they could see including bigger items that required extra hands.
For this reason, their efforts brought a great relief to city officials who otherwise would’ve had to allocate many resources and manpower to complete this project. The WeLoveU volunteers were not the only ones excited about the cleanup. Motorists driving through the park and pedestrians strolling by were also happy. One of them said, “I haven’t seen this creek cleaned in years!” Overall, the participant’s filled 34 trash bags, not including the bulkier items they found.