KOTA KINABALU – Picking up rubbish is hardly an edifying activity but five students from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak volunteered for this chore.
The five students in Bachelor Hospitality Tourism Management degree in UNITAR had volunteered to join the community service to clean up the Likas Bay beach, today.
The programme was held by USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in collaboration with the City Hall.
During the event, 40 crew members and 40 staff of City Hall went on to do this community service.
Starting at 9am until 10.30am the students led by Willibrord Thimothy Tappa, 23, braved the heat to pick up rubbish washed up on the beach.
While picking rubbish, they interacted with the USS Navy crew where he was pleasantly surprised to find out how friendly they were.
“We had a great time together while picking up the trash on this beach. We have gained a new experience which will contribute knowledge to our tourism lesson,” Willibrord said.
“This is a great activity to be part of and I hope young people will spend some time to join this kind of activity since it benefits the community and also themselves,” he added.
The four student involved were Lisa Syamsuddin,22, Alffera Deanna Wong,22, Nita Willybroad Johnny,22, and a 23-year-old, Cassy Patricel Junalis.
They all thought that dumping rubbish such as plastic bags were irresponsible and hoped that members of the community would be more aware about environmental conservation.
Meanwhile, Nita and Cassy agreed that people should work together to keep the beach clean and abstain from littering.
“I think that too much trash is going out into the oceans and beaches around the world and many people are ignoring the dangers of littering,” said Nita.
“ They should not harm the environment and animals. There must be some regards for marine life that could be harmed by various types of trash in their habitats,” added Cassy.- By Saila Saidie/sayangsabah