Channelling their inner call to RYTHM, QNET staff and volunteers came together for a Hong Kong coastal cleanup activity over the weekend. As part of the activity, QNET helped clean up the coast near the Clear Water Bay beach in the city. Now in its 19th year, Hong Kong Cleanup is a nation-wide civic movement and Hong Kong’s largest environmental volunteer event.
This year’s Hong Kong Coastal Cleanup activity was even more crucial as the world’s focus turns to sustainability, and anti-single-use-plastic and zero-waste lifestyles. QNET staff and volunteers were able to help address this problem by giving their time and helping raise awareness about the growing eco-disasters globally. QNET staff and volunteers were able to help address this problem by giving their time and helping raise awareness about the growing eco-disasters globally.
This is the NINTH time QNET Hong Kong has participated in a coastal cleanup. The last time, we helped cleanup Big Wave Bay with over 70 volunteers. This time, after a quick briefing, we were quickly divided into groups and then sent off to clean Clear Water Bay, and to collect and record litter.
Getting our hands dirty and filling trash bags with tonnes of rubbish, we were able to help Hong Kong Cleanup in not only clearing the beach but in also helping them collect data that would go towards reports that will help educate the public. It will also lead to reports to government officials who could take bigger steps towards solving the issues caused by the rising global marine debris problem.
“This was my first Hong Kong Coastal Cleanup activity, and I was thrilled to be able to do my bit for the environment. I did not imagine that there was so much litter on the beaches. We should treasure our natural wonders and the earth, and we should do what we can to reduce litter,” said QNET Accountant Tony Chan.
Also in attendance were QNET CEO Malou Caluza, QNET Executive Chairman Richard Zinkiewicz, QNET Chief Information Officer Ivan Woo, and QNET Chief Finance Officer Yvonne Lam.
“When I saw all of the rubbish — plastic straws, ropes, large plastic barrels created by humans — on this small, beautiful small beach created by nature and God, on this lovely sunny Saturday morning also created by nature and God, I actually felt like crying. It takes so little effort to keep something so beautiful, clean. I realise after four hours of work, how much work it requires to keep nature clean. I plead with everyone to keep the only planet we have clean for the sake of our children and the generations to come,” said QNET Executive Chairman Richard Zinkiewicz.
We are grateful for every opportunity given to us to Raise Ourselves To Help Mankind, and make the most of every chance we get to do our little bit to make the world a better place.
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