Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s community force, Grammar Helping Hands, came together to collect rubbish on Moffat Beach on Saturday, 12 March, in line with the national Clean-Up Australia Day initiative to ‘unmask’ Australia’s litter problem.
Grammar Helping Hands is a school-based program that gives students the opportunity to get involved in community service at the ground level.
The coordinator of Community Services at the school, Mr Ben Princehorn, has been organising the beach clean-up day event for the last eight years and is grateful to the school community for the continual wave of support.
“It’s all about showing just how fun and rewarding community action can be. We pride ourselves on this message here at Grammar”, said Mr Princehorn.
Clean Up Australia Day is all about inspiring our students and understanding that playing an active role in the community can help diminish the impact rubbish has on our environment.
“It is really about recognising our role in the community and looking after our own backyard. It sends a clear message to our students that being a community member often means doing some heavy lifting”, said Mr Princehorn.
The school’s program has evolved over the years, with recent events attracting hundreds of students, staff and parents who donned gloves and picked up over 100kg of rubbish.
It is a fantastic way to contribute to our community here on the Sunshine Coast while connecting with colleagues, students and parents, and contributing to an important 30-year initiative.