Club campaigns to instil values in youths

United Samabula North Youth Club members with former Fiji 7s player Savenaca Rawaca (far right) during their clean-up campaign along Princes Rd, Tamavua yesterday. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

About 20 members of the United Samabula North Youth Club spent their Saturday cleaning up Princes Rd, Tamavua.

Youth co-ordinator Kelepi Gucake said the initiative was part of a partnership between the group, Environment Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry and Fiji Police Force.

“We want to instil in our youth members, a sense of nation-building and to have pride in keeping their surroundings clean,” he said.

“Littering is a huge problem in Fiji and we hope that when people drive by and see us cleaning up the rubbish they have carelessly discarded, they will think twice and do the right thing.”

Mr Gucake said the clean-up campaign was also part of the club’s contribution towards World Environment Day, which was celebrated yesterday.

Environment Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said his ministry recognised the actions being undertaken at a global level and had localised initiatives to ensure solutions were implemented at a scale that would address litter problems in Fiji.

“Major steps include the recruitment of Litter Free Youth Clubs across Fiji have been initiated. This will not only arrest littering on our streets but also educate our youth to act and behave as “Clean Fiji Ambassadors”, he said.

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