International Cleanup Day in Ashkelon 758x530.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
which KKL-JNF has been organizing throughout the country for fourteen years now.
Participants set out to clean up parks, open areas, sites of natural beauty and communities everywhere. Among the volunteers were people from all walks of Israeli life: children and adults, new immigrants and veterans, Jews and Arabs, soldiers, students and members of youth movements.
In the north, the main cleanup event was held in Katzrin’s Mikulov Park
and in central Israel, Ben Shemen Forest
, Ramat Menashe Park
and other sites served as venues for a large number of activities. The main event in the south, which took place in Ashkelon, was attended by KKL-JNF Director General Meir Spiegler,
Minister for Environmental Protection Amir Peretz
, the Mayor of Ashkelon Itamar Shimoni
, and Ben Rhee
, who is Second Political and Economic Secretary at the Australian Embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv.
“Today’s main message is that we have to do everything we possibly can in order to ensure that the environment is healthy and well cared for, both for ourselves and for the generations to come,” said KKL-JNF Director General Meir Spiegler at the day’s main event in Ashkelon. “KKL-JNF is busy conserving nature and the environment every day of the year, and it’s important that we take advantage of Cleanup Day in order to raise the general public’s awareness of these issues.”
Some forty million volunteers in 130 countries participate in Cleanup Day activities worldwide. “It’s a special feeling to be part of an international event together with children from all over the world who go out to clean up their own areas where they live,” said eleven year olds Gilad Ben Hemo and Ori Dahuah-HaLevi, who are both from Ashkelon.
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