The Australian High Commission and Live and Learn launched the Clean-up Vanuatu Campaign at Freswota School in Port Vila yesterday.
Keeping Vanuatu beautiful was the main message of the event.
Students from Freswota Bilingual School and players of the Vanuatu Under 20 Football team collected over 100 bags of rubbish to mark the day.
Pacific Mini Games mascots, Nasi and Empowa, also joined the clean up including the Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu , Jenny Da Rin.
Commissioner Da Rin said: “Keeping Vanuatu clean is everyone’s responsibility”.
She commended the bilingual school and footballers for setting an example to others.
Clean Up Vanuatu was supported by the Port Vila Municipality, which removed the rubbish collected, and Azure Pure Water, which kept the volunteers hydrated throughout the day.
Azure Pure Water’s plastic bottles were returned to the company as part of its “Give Me 5” recycling campaign.
Inspired by the Clean Up the World campaign, Clean Up Vanuatu hopes to promote action to preserve Vanuatu’s pristine environment for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future. It is is a community-based environmental campaign which started in Australia in 1989 and has now spread worldwide. Each year in September the campaign brings together an estimated 35 million volunteers from communities and businesses around the world to clean up the environment