A group of 53 youngsters from the Randall Street Auto Design (RSAD) cleaned out Central Monrovia in an effort to not only beautify that part of the city, but to also lessen the threats posed to their health by the filth.
The cleaning exercise covered Randall, New Port, Benson, Ashmum, Carey and Broad Streets in Central Monrovia.
Mr. Prince Harris, head of RSAD, said the cleanup exercises started two years ago when the young people related cleanliness to dignity and good health.
Mr. Harris, also a businessman, said that the cleanup exercises have been extended to nearby streets.
To sustain the initiative, RSAD is appealing for public and private support.
“We are asking for shovels, wheelbarrows, cutlasses, rain boots, coats, gloves, nose and ear protectors and financial assistance,” he added.
The cleanup, according to Harris, involves cutting grass, collect plastic bags, old cups, broken bottles and other harmful materials, with the group performing the task on a voluntary basis.
“I believe in giving back to our communities through these kinds of voluntary services, which is similar to cleaning our backyards and public places,” Mr. Harris said.
Speaking to residents and business owners of the targeted streets, businessman Francis B. Davis, 55, a dealer of imported men and women’s clothing on Randall Street, said RSAD has been doing well in cleaning up these parts of Monrovia.
“I think we need to support RSAD because this group has done some good work for us especially cleaning dirty places on Randall Street,” Mr. Davis stressed.
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore Duncan, a used clothing dealer on New Port Street, said RSAD members have kept some areas of Newport Street clean.