Several Richmondites celebrated Canada Day by giving a local park a fresher look.
Despite the hot sun beating down on July 1, a community cleanup still went ahead at Richmond’s Garden City Community Park, with volunteers from the local Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwanese Buddhist humanitarian organization, removing trash from the park.
Richmond resident Yuru Lin, along with her grade one son and her husband, were busy picking up cups, bottles, cigarette butts and other trash left in the area. After two hours of work, the park was spick and span, according to Lin.
“The neighbourhood cleanup turned out to be a great family event. It’s gratifying after seeing my son using trash tongs to look for garbage carefully. He felt very proud of himself for being able to pick up six discarded face masks and several bottles within half an hour.
“My son now better understands the real meaning of carrying responsibility. I am grateful to be given a chance to take on a task like this,” said Lin.
Another volunteer, Yian Zhang, said seeing people coming together to make a small impact on society brought a positive vibe into her life.
She said it was the first time she took part in a community event, and enjoyed every second of it.
“The whole experience was incredible, and I got time to hang out with my friends and old schoolmates…We hadn’t seen each other for quite a long time due to the pandemic,” said Zhang.
“It was great to make our neighbourhood look cleaner.”