Manipal Celebrates World Cleanup Day with AIESEC
On 15 September 2018, AIESEC in Manipal University organised a cleanliness drive as a part of their attempt to bring World Cleanup Day to India. The volunteers were required to register for the event beforehand. A whopping 850 students from various colleges across the university enrolled for the event. All volunteers received a certificate from AIESEC for their help.
World Cleanup Day is an initiative that has started in 2008 by an organisation called Let’s Do It! in Estonia. It garnered over 50,000 volunteers a single-day cleanup drive that helped clear out 10,000 tonnes of illegal waste. Since then, it has spread to over 150 countries around the world. However, it took place in India for the first time and was brought in by AIESEC to major cities across the country including Manipal.
“We know Manipal is not the dirtiest place in India. However, we plan on educating the unprivileged on the importance of cleanliness. Even if we can create a minute fraction of change that would be great,” said Jassil Jamaludhin, the Vice-President of YFV of AIESEC, Manipal.
The organisers explained to the volunteers what they were supposed to do for the rest of the day. Following this, Dr Karunakar Kotegar said a few words about the importance of having such an initiative. After the induction, the volunteers were split up into teams that would go to different places around Manipal and Udupi while two buses headed out to Malpe beach. The groups further split into smaller units to clean that area effectively, and everyone was provided with gloves and garbage bags. “When I see garbage lying around it pains me, and I feel I should do something about it,” said Roshan, a volunteer.
Once they were done cleaning up, they informed the people around about the importance of cleanliness with a poster on their phone along with a bit link that would direct them to the main pamphlet. The volunteers were incredibly happy with the outcome of the event and were glad about having played their part in spreading awareness about a problem that has plagued our country for a while.