RMIT Vietnam Hanoi students recently spent a Saturday morning cleaning up the area surrounding Ngoc Khanh Lake near the University’s Hanoi site, as the first initiative in a pro-environment program started by RMIT Vietnam Lecturer Aiman Abousher.
Up bright and early at 6.00am, around 40 students gathered on Kim Ma Street with cleaning tools ready for the clean-up effort.
It's the start of a pro-environment program run by RMIT Vietnam staff and students with the aim for a greener and cleaner Hanoi.
RMIT Vietnam lecturer Aiman Abousher said the Ngoc Khanh Lake clean-up will be followed by other lakes around Hanoi including Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Thien Quang Lake, Giang Vo Lake and Truc Bach Lake.
"We would be delighted down the track to work with high schools and other universities to spread the environmental message," Mr Abousher said.
"Anyone can contribute to keep our beautiful city green and clean."
The program will see RMIT Vietnam staff and students leading a clean-up effort every last Saturday of the month by gathering rubbish surrounding and on the surface of the lakes, bringing improvement to the environment for the nearby residents.
The recent activity at Ngoc Khanh Lake inspired some local residents to take part in the clean-up activity.
SIFE club member Phan Si Bao Cuong said he originally joined in the activity just for fun and to share the work with other club members.
"Then when I actually got hands-on with the task, I began to understand the hard work of environmental workers," Bao Cuong said.
"I realised the lake was not as clean as I had always thought.
"I hope this activity raises awareness for both RMIT Vietnam students as well as people in the neighbourhood about the importance of maintaining a clean surrounding environment."
The group has plans for business sponsorship of signs nearby the lakes to share the message of environmental protection and the importance of a clean and green environment for well-being.