In the early morning of Nov 26, 2017, around 130 volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God (SGWMSCOG) gathered at Telok Ayer Street for a cleanup event. This Worldwide Environment Cleanup Campaign was simultaneously carried out in the whole world covering the earth’s circumference of approximately 40,000 km.
Stretching from Telok Ayer Station to Chinatown Station, it was designated as Mother’s Street in Singapore. This street covers Singapore’s tourist sites of Chinatown, shophouses, and flats. Prepped with gloves, tongs and trash bags, the volunteers arrived early in the morning at the cleanup site. They were all excited to make the street warm and peaceful like a mother’s embrace. There was a variety of trash and debris such as beer bottle caps and cigarette butts. Volunteers diligently picked up trash in areas that were overlooked, such as beer bottle caps buried within the bushes and mud.
“I believe service to mankind is service to God. You guys made the effort to pick up the trash and this is definitely appreciated by all religions. This is much more valuable than donating money,” commented Amala, 63, a passerby who chanced upon the cleanup.
“It was a different experience from previous cleanups. This time, rather than cleaning beaches or national events, we had the opportunity to go into the city area and neighborhoods. I could see that many onlookers were pleasantly surprised when they saw us. Perhaps they did not expect any organization to clean this area. I felt more motivated to do this cleanup.” said Erwin, 22, a volunteer for the cleanup.
Members from the WMSCOG throughout the whole world will be carrying out cleanup movements continuously on Mother’s Street in the future. They strive to make the global village clean with the love of Mother.