Over 70 people registered for the 2017 cleanup initiative which focused on picking up rubbish throughout the streets of Tuakau. According to Jacqui Church each year they find another cache of rubbish to clear up but happily these appear to be getting smaller each year.
“I think our town has more awareness and pride and is much more aware of the effects of littering and the dumping of rubbish. It is wonderful to see so many youngsters with their enthusiasm and commitment working really hard to clean up their town.” says Jacqui.
More than 40 people aged from pre-schoolers to over 70s remained after the clean-up to plant about 150 large native plants at the Tuakau Recreation Reserve.
The organising group were very proud of what was achieved on the day, but what really stood out according to them was the magic of the community coming together , working cooperatively, a single focus on a shared common goal, together.
Tuakau Lions and Rotary provided food and drink while additional volunteers from the Tuakau & Districts Sea Scouts and the Tuakau Youth Group turned up in droves, along with many keen locals. The Waikato District Council supported the cleanup and provided the native plants and the reserve land to plant them on.