Date
8 December 2016
Filipino volunteers use sticks and plastic bags to collect rubbish found along the hiking trail in Ma On Shan. Photo: Facebook/Edward So
Filipino volunteers use sticks and plastic bags to collect rubbish found along the hiking trail in Ma On Shan. Photo: Facebook/Edward So

Filipino group launches campaign to clean up HK hiking trails

About eight Filipino hikers embarked on a mission to clean up Hong Kong’s walking trails, drawing heaps of praises from netizens after pictures of them in action were circulated online.

Local hiker Edward So spotted the Filipino group in Ma On Shan and posted photos of their volunteer work on Facebook, news website hk01.com reports.

Members of the group were seen holding sticks and plastic bags, and collecting rubbish found along the hiking trail.

As they climbed up the mountain, they had to pause and squat constantly to pick up bottles, candy wraps and tissue paper on the slopes.

“Hong Kong should be our own backyard, but someone else comes to clean it up for us, what a shame”, So wrote on his Facebook page, attracting a lot of responses on social media. 

So said he appreciates very much the group’s effort in cleaning up Hong Kong, which is why he took pictures of what they were doing and posted them on social media to remind hikers about the need to preserve the cleanliness and beauty of the environment.

He himself could not join them as he was taking part in a hiking event, but told them that he was “proud of them” and thanked them for their kind deed.

He said he did the same thing once, collecting more than a bag of rubbish while walking up a brief length of the slope.

After posting the photos on Facebook, So encouraged fellow citizens to follow the lead of the Filipino group and do their bit in preserving the natural beauty of Hong Kong’s hiking trails.

Some netizens said they were reminded of a Japanese green group called Open Earth, which earlier led a campaign to clean up Hong Kong’s beaches.

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