Green Pattaya Community Big Buddha Hill clean up

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On the 12th May the Green Pattaya Community gathered over 120 people to clean up around the temples on Big Buddha Hill. The cleaning preparations started in the early morning when members from Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard put up the marquees, organized refreshments and erected signs. Both temples on the hill came and gave their blessing to the clean up.

Once again Pattaya City Hall Environmental Department kindly dedicated to the occasion two big trucks, over 15 staff plus 150 different tools for clearing and cleaning. They took care of all the rubbish bags and bins and sorted out the recycling.

With gloves and rakes, and ready to help clean up around the temple.With gloves and rakes, and ready to help clean up around the temple.

Work commenced about 2 o’clock and within one hour the trucks from City Hall were full. But the cleaning continued until 6 o’clock, filling more trash bags which were all tidily removed by City Hall the following day.

The big surprise of the day was the more than 30 children from Human Help Network & CPDC Child Protection and Development Center who not only helped clean up but donated from their pocket money a total of 10,000 THB. They collected loads of rubbish and showed everybody how it should be done. They and all the other volunteers were very appreciative of the watermelons brought by Ainsworth Property Group and bottled water from Kingdom Properties and The Universal group.

Time for some delicious watermelon.Time for some delicious watermelon.

The Bangkok Pattaya Hospital provided first aid kits and the Defence International Security Services provided security through the whole day.

By six o’clock it was time for the Green Pattaya team to round things up, dismantle the marquees and call it another successful clean up. Remaining fruits and water were donated to local children at the Human Power Foundation.

Children from the Human Help Network and the CPDC Child Protection and Development Center were a big help.Children from the Human Help Network and the CPDC Child Protection and Development Center were a big help.

Green Pattaya in association with Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard are committed to improving the local environment. “Pattaya City Hall has become aware of the problems relating to handling of litter in the area and the need for improvement and maintenance; that’s what we wanted to do, to create awareness, educate people and gird them into action,” said Neo in an interview with Pattaya Mail TV. “For example, Green Pattaya brought attention to the statues at the entrance to the park which had not been painted for years; they now have been painted … people staying at the temple have been discussing with City Hall the best location for garbage bins.”

Volunteers were very appreciative of the watermelons brought by Ainsworth Property Group and bottled water from Kingdom Properties and The Universal group.Volunteers were very appreciative of the watermelons brought by Ainsworth Property Group and bottled water from Kingdom Properties and The Universal group.

Green Pattaya is a non profit grassroots community and an initiative by members of the Rotary Club of Eastern Seaboard (Club 65768, District 3340).  The next event, to which everyone is welcome, is planned for Saturday 8th June 2013; to check the time and place see information available on Facebook: https://www.face book.com/GreenPattaya or via the web at www.pattaya-events.com.

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.

A small army of volunteers begins the cleanup.A small army of volunteers begins the cleanup.

The city trucks were filled early, but the cleanup continued with trash bags until 6 p.m.The city trucks were filled early, but the cleanup continued with trash bags until 6 p.m.