The student-run Enactus club has successfully organised Clean Up Vietnam events at seven locations across the country.
In early March, more than 250 RMIT Vietnam students along with over 1,500 high school students took part in Clean Up Vietnam activities along the country’s coastline, including Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vung Tau, Can Gio and Ca Mau.
The initiative was inspired by clean-up days hosted in countries across the world, originating in Australia over 25 years ago and now attracting 35 million people in over 130 different countries worldwide.
Enactus’ President Dang Truc Linh, a student in RMIT Vietnam’s Bachelor of Commerce program, said it was the third clean-up day run by the club.
“After three years, we’ve expanded to seven seashore locations spreading environmental awareness among higher education and high school students,” Linh said.
RMIT Vietnam’s Accountancy student Nguyen Viet Anh, who volunteered this year at Vung Tau, has been taking part in Clean Up Vietnam since being impressed with the campaign in 2014.
“Protecting the environment is a social responsibility,” he said.
"By taking part in Clean Up Vietnam again this year, I hope to spread the message and raise awareness about environment protection for the wider community.”
Grade eight student Tran Ngoc Minh Giang, from Duy Tan High School in Vung Tau, was excited to take part in the Clean Up Vietnam day events.
“The clean-up activities on the beach and park in my neighbourhood highlighted many people are not aware of items which can be reused,” Giang said.
“I’m planning on proposing a clean-up day at my school and nearby beaches.”