KAMPAR- Volunteers of The Unsung Heroes of Westlake took time out from their busy schedule to clean up the pathway along by Westlake and collect recyclable materials from door to door in March.
With the mission to raise the awareness among Westlake community and educate them about environment caring, The Unsung Heroes of Westlake is set up by 11 UTAR students from Faculty of Banking and Finance who take the initiative to serve the community and save the environment. They initiated two activities– picking up trash along the lakeside and collecting recyclable waste from door to door in Westlake.
Door-to-door Recyclable Waste Collection Service
This group of volunteers collect recyclable items from door to door every Sunday and Monday.
“The main purpose of this event is to raise the awareness of recycle among residents in Westlake area especially UTAR students, so they know the appropriate way to dispose their recycleable items, ” – Thivaashini Selvarajah, the Chairperson.
This short video records their effort of a day:
Westlake Pathway Clean-up
Along the road to the main entrance of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Perak (UTAR) Perak campus, there is a concrete pathway along the lakeside. The locals often enjoy fishing there in the evening. Unfortunately, trash lying around brings unpleasant sight to people taking a stroll.
The pathway (marked in yellow line)
Therefore, the Unsung Heroes of Westlake urged volunteers to join them in cleaning up the pathway on 18th and 23rd March.
Tan Han Wu who is a participant, felt that the this activity is meaningful. ‘I think everyone of us should do something to make this environment better. That’s why I joined this event,’ he said.
However, the Vice-Chairperson of Unsung Heroes of Westlake, Thow Shiau Chin told J-On that people are still throwing the rubbish at the lakeside or into the lake.
Thivaashini said that they have brought this up to Majilis Daerah Kinta Selatan (MDKS) hoping that the authority can provide clean-up service and allocate more rubbish bin at the lakeside.
The locals felt amazed after witnessing volunteer effort in cleaning the pathway. One interviewee named Ng gave a positive review “Even though the purpose of this project is to obtain coursework mark, but it could act as a starter for other future students to follow up to preserve the beauty of lakeside.” Another local, Chong, who regularly spends time fishing at lakeside expressed his concern about the unfavorable condition of lakeside. He felt that this community service should be made annually.