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Young girl, brother, look to clean up Okanagan creek

Chloe Preece, 7, removes garbage from the BX Creek in Vernon. Preece and her brother Robert, 5, spent three days collecting nearly 10 kilograms of rubbish from the creek.
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August 25, 2019 - 6:00 AM

VERNON - Warm weather, cool water and a fun afternoon – that’s what Chloe and Robert Preece had planned earlier this week.

What they didn’t anticipate was that they would spend three days removing garbage from the BX Creek area in Vernon.

Chloe, 7, and Robert, 5, started collecting the refuse from the water and adjacent dry land.

“Collecting all this mess and throwing it into the garbage bag made her feel happy,” said mother Alysia Preece. “She says she plans on attending the area on a regular basis to clean up the garbage. Chloe says she feels it was important to clean up for the environment and especially for the fish, as she doesn’t want them swimming around with garbage.”

Alysia said she hopes that her kids’ work will help inspire others to clean up the environment.

“We, as adults, should be the leaders and teach our young ones to care for our planet and help each other out,” she said. “This is where we learn from our young and look up to them as they are heroes and our future.”

Over the course of three days, Alysia said Chloe and Robert collected about 10 kilograms of trash.

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