MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Teenagers are on a mission to make a positive impact in Kingaroy.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Teenagers are on a mission to make a positive impact in Kingaroy. Contributed

Group motivated to clean up Kingaroy and make a difference

PICKING up more than 300 cigarettes at the Kingaroy duck pond has motivated a group of residents to take action for the betterment of the South Burnett.

Maggie Manchadi, Parnia Yazdani and Rayne Hunt are part of a group of teenagers meeting regularly at different places in town as part of their project to clean up Kingaroy.

"This is our home and the future for our children. If you have children it is going to affect them because the environmental issues are so big and more people need to take action,” Rayne said.

"Some of us are leaving next year for university so we would like to get more of the community involved so they keep doing it and make these changes to Kingaroy because it is needed.

"Initially you don't see how much there is but once you get down to it and see the small pieces, like cigarettes, there is a lot more than you think.”

The group meet every second Sunday, in places such as memorial park and Kingaroy skate park, and share their findings via their Facebook page, Clean Up Kingaroy.

So far this has included a shopping trolley in the duck pond and confetti in the grass from parties at parks.

They were inspired to start the clean ups through their learnings of the Baha'i Faith which has a focus on the unity of all people on earth.

"We want to show youth that you have so many capabilities and so much energy and you can put it into the world in such a good way,” Parnia said.

To encourage more people to get involved the group are hosting a two-day clean-up on July 13 and 14 from 2pm-4pm on Kingaroy St.

The trio said that rubbish collection was a good start and they were hoping to also branch out to helping the community in different ways.

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