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Last modified: 10 Sep 2020 12:34pm

A youth led project is aiming to keep Selwyn beautiful and inspire people with pride for where they live.

The Youth Council has organised a Clean up the Liffey event as part of this year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful clean up week, which is running around the country this week.

Youth Council chairperson Liv Duder says the Clean up the Liffey event on Sunday 13 September, is part of a fortnight of volunteering that the Youth Council will be engage in helping out at foodbanks and tree planting.

The Liffey project was one she was particularly keen on, Liv says.

“I go to Lincoln High School and I see the Liffey regularly and it’s often got rubbish in it. We wanted to do our part, to help our community and make keep it beautiful—because it is beautiful.”

There had been a rise in volunteering and a sense of community during and after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, which the Youth Council is hoping to build on as people have seen the positives of volunteering and supporting their community, Liv says.

Getting young people engaged in volunteering early is important, she says, and will hopefully inspire them for a lifetime of giving back.

“I think it’s nice to do things to make our community look better and to support local things and people. I think it can help take your mind off things and help you feel better. Hopefully, it will help them take pride in where they live.”

Everyone is invited, but volunteers will need to RSVP at to meet COVID-19 Alert Level 2 requirements. The clean up will be held from 10.30am–12pm, meeting at Down By the Liffey Gallery (1 James Street). Gloves and bags will be provided!