Vol­un­teers clean up around Bel­lville Sta­tion

Cape Argus - - METRO - MICHÈ ED­WARDS miche.ed­wards@inl.co.za

A GROUP of church vol­un­teers has taken time out to clean the area sur­round­ing Bel­lville Sta­tion.

Fam­ily and friends of the World Mis­sion So­ci­ety Church of God Univer­sity Stu­dent Vol­un­teer Group (Asez) all jumped in to do their bit for a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment.

Asez is a group of univer­sity stu­dent vol­un­teers from the Church of God who act to solve prac­ti­cal prob­lems around the world and will be car­ry­ing out var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in 67 ci­ties around the world.

Bel­lville Sta­tion, where banks, com­pa­nies, and shop­ping malls are lo­cated, has a large “float­ing pop­u­la­tion”, re­sult­ing in a lot of il­le­gal dump­ing and lit­ter­ing. In re­sponse, 130 vol­un­teers cleaned up the lit­ter.

The gen­eral pas­tor of World Mis­sion So­ci­ety Church of God, Joo-Cheol Kim, said: “Asez vol­un­teers at­tracted peo­ple’s at­ten­tion through this clean-up move­ment.”

Mem­bers of Asez, some all the way from Ko­rea, par­tic­i­pated at the clean-up, ad­ding mean­ing to the day.

City coun­cil­lors, mayco mem­ber Zahid Badroo­d­ien and coun­cil­lor Jackie Visser, joined in on the vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity and gave words of en­cour­age­ment.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing to see peo­ple from over­seas and the lo­cal com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether to make our beau­ti­ful city even more beau­ti­ful. I see a lot of com­mon threads in terms of what Asez is do­ing and what I would like to achieve as the new Mayco mem­ber for com­mu­nity ser­vices and health,” said Badroo­d­ien.

Asez mem­ber, Trevor Mal­gas, 22, from UWC, said: “It might seem like we are just pick­ing up pa­per, but we are work­ing to­ward a big­ger goal, which is to re­duce crime by re­mov­ing the signs of pub­lic dis­or­der.”

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ASEZ vol­un­teers are work­ing to­wards re­duc­ing crime by re­mov­ing signs of pub­lic dis­or­der.

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