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If you're a nature lover who has a passion to conserve the beauty of the environment, doesn't mind getting their hands dirty, and loves working up a sweat for a good cause, then this is the event for you!
It's an event that happens at around the same time people start their school or university semester.
Together, we can build a clean Australia (Source: Clean Up Australia)
March is a fairly relaxed month, with no stress from uni/school work, and professionals just gearing up for another financial quarter.
Clean Up Australia is an event that is held on a bi-annual basis every year, and allows for thousands of Australians to participate and volunteer in cleaning up certain registered areas in the metropolitan cities of Australia.
To be a part of this historic and noble cause, potential participants can register online with a group that will be responsible for a specific area. You will then be advised on where to meet the group and at what time during the day.
Be prepared to lather yourself up with sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated as it is a taxing job that is carried out under the scorching Aussie heat.
Volunteer to Clean Up Australia (Source: Clean Up Australia)
If you have registered yourself to be a part of a group, you will be supplied with all the necessary equipment/material required- gloves, two forms of rubbish bags (one for recyclables, one for garbage), water bottles and sunscreen lotion.
The individuals involved in this interesting and environment-friendly event are extremely friendly and helpful, so if you have any queries, feel free to approach them with your questions.
For instance, I was in a group of eight Salvation Army volunteers, and we were divided into smaller teams and focus on a certain area of the Arndale suburb of Adelaide. As Craig, Mel and I left to clean up the car park and playground area, we began exchanging information about each other's lives. I learnt that the two engage in similar events every weekend, such as gardening someone's home for free, or cleaning up the neighbourhood once in two weekends, because it is their passion to do whatever they can to help in conserving Earth's beauty.
Clean Up Australia Volunteers for the Arndale area of South Australia
In my experience, there were a lot of bottles, wrappers, boxes and general rubbish that could simply be thrown into a bin, but are lazily left behind on the street, forcing one to wonder whether people are aware of the concept of trash cans.
After attending this event and interacting with the other people involved, there is a new feeling of inspiration and encouragement to contribute towards the betterment of the planet.
Rubbish collected by a volunteer of Clean Up Australia Day (Source: Clean Up Australia)
By participating in this event, you are not only helping the environment, but you also get the opportunity to meet new people and develop new friendships by discovering each other's interests and reasons behind being a part of Clean Up Australia.