Thursday, October 19, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Usually, it takes the encouragement of adults to inspire children to pick up litter, but these youngsters proved they can motivate themselves, finding the time to collect sackfulls of marine debris from the rocks and beaches near Coral Sea Marina.
While their parents enjoyed a leisurely hour at nearby Sorrento’s, the children kept themselves entertained, surprising the adults by returning with garbage bags full of marine debris.
From plastic bottles to aluminium cans, fishing equipment, old clothing, and cardboard – the children enjoyed their treasure hunt and proudly returned to the parents with their haul.
“They are little eco star heroes!” said mum Sandra Drechsel.
“It was amazing to see what they came back with!
“When I asked my son, he told me he had been learning about collecting rubbish at school, it was great to see they were really absorbing education about looking after the environment and the oceans.”
Proud dad, Matt Neindorf said he was thrilled to see the children work together to do something so positive and actively contribute to the community.
“It was fantastic to see the kids looking after the environment,” he said.
“We had a great time at Clean Up Australia Day earlier this year and I’m very proud to see the kids looking for opportunities to make the environment cleaner.”
Clean Up Australia Day is held on the first Sunday of March each year, but litter is on the ground every day.
Do yourselves, your community, and your kids proud – if you see some rubbish – pick it up!
Janick Stevenson, Yoytek Androviak, Lucy Neindorf, Emma Neindorf and Reef Thackray. Photo credit: Rachael Smith