Mormons Clean Up Himatangi

  • 27 February 2012

Volunteers bagging rubbish at Himatangi Beach

"Because we love our communities we work with our friends and neighbours to make them better, more beautiful places to live," says Church spokesman Richard Hunter. "We strive to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, which includes serving those around us."

HIMATANGI, New Zealand — “Himatangi's beach and township got a cleanup yesterday thanks to a group of Mormon volunteers,” reports the Manawatu Standard today.

The article continues: “The voluntary work is all part of the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day which is now in its fifth year.”

“Ninety-five volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wore bright yellow T-shirts and took to the sand and streets, filling trailers with rubbish.”

Organizer Mervyn Dykes told the newspaper: “The beach was actually fairly clean, but we still found about five trailer-loads of rubbish, the most surprising items amongst which were an old sofa and the remains of a 32-inch plasma TV.”

Read the full article here.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world participate in regular 'Mormon Helping Hands' community service efforts.

“Because we love our communities we work with our friends and neighbours to make them better, more beautiful places to live,” says Church spokesman Richard Hunter. “We strive to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, which includes serving those around us.”