KLANG: When 58-year-old Alice Law goes hiking, she will bring along garbage bags.
Besides keeping fit and enjoying the beauty of nature, she also makes sure that she takes good care of the environment.
So her hiking equipment will include gloves and the must-have garbage bags to keep the trash she picks up along the way.
Although it may be peculiar for some, the sight of Law trekking downhill with bags of rubbish in her hands and some tied to her bag is the norm.
“It pains me to see rubbish strewn everywhere around our beautiful hills and jungles. I will collect and dispose of them when I reach home.
“I am just doing my part for the environment. I hope other hikers will be more civic-minded and stop littering,” said a jovial Law, who frequents the Peak Garden trail in Setia Alam.
Recalling the time she began hiking more than 10 years ago, Law said she had to use a pole to carry baskets of trash, which were mainly plastic bottles and food packaging.
In fact, her persistence to pick up trash on each hiking trip has inspired many. Pictures of her carrying bags of rubbish led to compliments being posted and shared on social media.
“Many people ask me why I do this. I think the effort to protect the environment should start from us, instead of expecting others to do it.
“If everyone thinks it is OK to litter, there will be rubbish everywhere, which can be detrimental to our health,” said Law, who is active in charity work.
For now, she is busy putting smiles on the faces of people she meets during a project started by a group of social workers.
The project is to collect 10,000 pictures of people smiling with a smiley badge. This would be put together and presented to orphanages and old folks home to add cheer to them.
Law is also helping out at an orphanage and a soup kitchen.
“My friends and I go everywhere in the Klang Valley where volunteers are needed,” she said.
Law said her best memory of the year had to be dressing up as the God of Fortune for six times during the Chinese New Year period to help NGOs spread festive joy at several old folks home.
Despite nearing retirement, the single mother who drives children to school, believes she has so much of life ahead of her.
All four of her children have grown up and have their own families.
“The eldest of my six grandchildren is 12 this year. I have nothing to worry about and I feel that this is the time of my life,” she said.