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Volunteers pitch in to help clean up Qualicum Beach

Event held in conjunction with Earth Day

The Town of Qualicum Beach is much cleaner today.

Close 100 volunteers signed up to take part in Cleanup Day organized by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise on Friday morning (April 22).

It was a perfect day for the event as it was blessed with sunny skies and mild temperature. It was held in conjunction with Earth Day also coinde as #TrashTag2022 by Rotary International, who promoted it to over 46,000 Rotary Clubs world.

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The volunteers included members of the Rotary Club, residents, town officials and politicians and they were all over town picking up garbage from ditches, roadways, the waterfront and parking lots. There was also 19 students from Kwalikum Secondary that came out to help.

“This was the largest gathering we have had in the last nine years of holding this community service event,” said Mike Haas, secretary of Rotary Club Qualicum Beach Sunrise. “Our only break from doing this was 2020-2021, thanks to Covid-19. We were really concerned the weather may not cooperate but were blessed with a stellar sunny day.”

A lot of planning went into pulling this together said Haas, with the town supporting the project every step of the way.

“They provided the garbage bags, safety vests, pick-up sticks, promotional material and of course copious amounts of coffee and cookies and immediately after the event, they were out picking up the bags left by the volunteers.” said Haas.

The Rotary Club would like to thank the community for their support in joining us and the Town of Qualicum Beach for their assistance in making this happen. Our thanks also to the PQB News, the Beach 88.5 and the Lounge 99.9 for promoting this great community pride event

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Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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