Clean Up Australia Day has launched registrations for 2019 — the first since the death of its iconic founder — with a separate day nominated for businesses to get involved.
Businesses of all size are being urged to get involved in the annual event on Clean Up Day, to be held on Tuesday, 26 February.
Meanwhile, the official schools day will be held on Friday, 1 March, with community and youth groups hitting the streets, parks and beaches over the weekend of 2 and 3 March.
Clean Up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan AO (pictured in the high-vis vest with volunteers) died in October, but the campaign’s managing director, Terrie-Ann Johnson, said that the volunteer event will continue in his memory.
“Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community mobilisation event, and 2019 is the perfect time to band together in Ian’s honour, celebrate what has been achieved, show your support for his vision and [t]o continue his dream to Clean Up Australia,” she said.
“Ian firmly believed that every single one of us can and should make a difference. Volunteer action was his amazingly simple idea, his dream and his inspiration. His passion was working alongside his fellow Aussies as we clean up our environment and/or reduce waste before it is a problem.
“Moving into the future, I urge all Australians to take up the challenge — become Ian’s successor and continue the momentum he fostered.”
Ms Johnson said that people or businesses unable to get involved in picking up litter can make a financial donation to the campaign to support the volunteers who do hit the streets each year.
“So, whether you are going to make a donation or get together to clean up your local environment — change starts with you,” she said.
According to Clean Up Australia, since its inception 29 years ago, an estimated 350,000 ute loads of rubbish have been removed from 178,000 locations nationwide, with volunteers chipping in over 33 million hours of their time to do so.
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