SOME 50 members from the World Mission Society Church of God in Gelugor, Penang, spent their Sunday cleaning up a century-year-old village at Kampung Sirih in Pulau Tikus.
The three-hour gotong-royong, which started at 9am, saw mem-bers of the church and Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) workers cleaning up the village which had abandoned chicken coops, broken glass and planks.
The gotong-royong led by chief pastor Joo Cheol-Kim said the trash could pose a threat to the residents’ health and safety.
“It can become a suitable habitat for snakes, rats and mosquitoes,” he said, adding that the recent event would contribute to the quality of life of the residents there.
Village head Tan Pang Aik said the campaign was timely and was a success.
“Even though it is a rest day, the members sacrificed their time and came forward to help in this environmental friendly campaign,” he said.
Tan added that the village looked much brighter and cleaner after the gotong-royong.
Also present were MPPP Financial Management Committee alternate chairman Joseph Ng and Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey.
The Church of God has 2,500 branches in 175 countries around the world and the church carries out a wide range of volunteer activities to contribute to the development of the neighbourhood and communities by visiting old folks’ homes, orphanages and carrying out blood donation and cleaning campaigns.