Top marks for clean-up students

May 22, 2008

Published: Coleraine Chronicle 22nd May 2008

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A group of students have been praised by Portstewart Residents for volunteering to pick up litter after Saturday’s North West 200 races. Around 25 young people sacrificed their Saturday evening to pick up bottles, tins, cigarette butts and other litter on the old golf course which stretches from the starting grid to York corner on the race track.

One lady who lives on the Portstewart Road said “Students get such a bad press and its so refreshing to see them cleaning up this mess. The amount of litter that is left on that course is a disgrace.”

Rachel Logan is the 20 year undergraduate whose idea it was to mobilise the students, many of whom go to the Christian Union at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She said; “We saw a need and we just felt that it was a good way of showing and being an example of God’s love. We saw a practical need and I think that at times us Christians can be too airy-fairy.”

Rachel, who studies Psychology, praised Coleraine council who were only too happy to assist this free offer of help. “We contacted the Council who were really pleased and welcoming of our help and they provided us with bin liners and gloves and assured us that they would take away the rubbish and they were really helpful.”