“Cleaning Up Down Under,” New Era, Jan. 2009, 39
Some 150 LDS youth spent the first day of autumn cleaning up Sydney’s Centennial Parklands wearing gloves and the distinctive yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests. The youth and young adults gathered and disposed of cans, bottles, paper, clothes, and even a shopping cart.
The Sydney project was part of a wider national effort called Clean Up Australia Day. Starting in 1989, the initiative has expanded to include other programs, including Clean Up the World.
Australia Area Seventy Elder Terence M. Vinson thanked the young people and told them that service to the community not only makes where they live a better and more pleasant place, but it also builds personal character.