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One of Scotland’s Muslim Youth Association recognised for environmental efforts

Youngsters presented with December's Hero of the Month award, marking success of mass litter picks

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Scotland (AMYAS), a nationwide group that works with young Muslim men and boys, has received our Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of their members ongoing commitment to undertaking regular litter picks in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Each month our national Clean Up Scotland campaign celebrates litter picking heroes across Scotland. This month we're presenting it to AMYAS for their efforts to improve its local environment. With popular groups across Scotland, AMYAS has seen more than 150 youth members take to the streets in 2018 to remove rubbish from local streets.

As part of the groups clean up activities, members even gathered to take on a five-mile hike up Corrie Fee in Angus, to collect litter and plastic from the paths - returning with three bags full of empty water bottles, drinks cans and crisp wrappers.

 

Shoaib Khan, Regional AMYAS leader, commented:

“Our members have enjoyed living in Scotland for many decades and any opportunity to help our local community, and clean up beautiful Scotland, is a welcome one.

“Participating in keeping our local communities clean helps to instill a sense of responsibility and hard work. It also allows our youngsters the opportunity to take pride in helping to make Scotland an even better place to live.”

The Hero of the Month award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit. 

Every month, since January 2013, Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented a Clean Up Scotland Hero award, recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual, or group, to cleaning up Scotland. To support Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, all Clean Up Scotland heroes in 2018 are either under the age of 26 or working to engage those under the age of 26.

Heather McLaughlin, Community Project Officer with Keep Scotland Beautiful presented the award. She said:

“It’s fantastic that AMYAS has managed to motivate its membership across Scotland encouraging them to make a positive difference to their local environment. AMYAS members have demonstrated that they take pride in supporting their local communities - ultimately helping to remove a significant amount of litter from our local streets.

“There are volunteers all across Scotland, like AMYAS, who are working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. I would encourage everyone to nominate their local heroes in 2019 for our Hero of the Month Award.”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved and help us make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe. Support the campaign by organising your own Clean Up event or nominating your hero now.

10 December 2018

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