Home Special Report 2012 Buddha Day Ceremony Tzu Chi implements clean-up right after 3-in-1 celebration

Tzu Chi implements clean-up right after 3-in-1 celebration

Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:1 AM
Tzu Chi volunteers remove a fence and aligned it along with the other fences. All materials like tables, chairs, and fences were organized and neatly packed at the oval. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】

Story Highlights

  • Tzu Chi’s 3-in-1 event formally ended at around 9:30 pm but several Tzu Chi staff and volunteers stayed until 4am the following day to pack the materials used in the event and initially clean the venue.
  • One of the cleaners, Eustacio Cafe Jr., said that all impaled materials used in the field should be removed so that the next users will not incur any accidents. Eustacio, along with other volunteers, mindfully removed some of the 20, 728 nails impaled on the entire field.
  • Marikina Sports Park was left spotless by 3pm on May 14. About 20,728 nails along with 15,772 markings, signs, nametags, and fence were removed from the field.

Even if Tzu Chi Foundation’s 3-in-1 celebration formally ended at around 9:30 pm last May 13, a number of Tzu Chi volunteers and staff stayed at Marikina Sports Park to clean and pack things up until 4 am of May 14.

Tzu Chi volunteers, particularly area leaders of various formations, collected trash from their respective formation members and pack all PET bottles, paper cups, and green trash bags inside cardboard boxes. These recyclables will be sent at Tzu Chi’s recycling centres.

Furthermore, Tzu Chi volunteers and youth lined up at the tables where the crystal Buddhas are placed and carefully held the images while walking in a straight line towards the receiving area. In the receiving area, other Tzu Chi volunteers wiped the images before being packed in the box.

Aside from volunteers, several Tzu Chi staff were also busy packing materials used from the Bathing of the Buddha ceremony.

While this was happening, some area leaders packed bundles of green plastic bags and neatly arranged them in one place. On the other hand, Tzu Chi male volunteers started to remove the fences and nametags by “un-nailing” them from the ground.

One person who was seen removing the nails was Eustacio Cafe Jr.

“We arrived at this area clean so we must leave it clean as well. This area will be used for a soccer game, so we are striving to remove all the markings that we have placed (such as plastic straps and nails); we are also trying to avoid players from getting into an accident” he said.

At 9:30 am the following day, around 50 people were sent again to the sports park to further clean-up and get rid of the remaining nails on the field. By 12 noon, about 20,728 nails along with 15,772 markings, signs, nametags, and fence were removed from the field.

The volunteers also cleaned both grandstands and left the entire sports park spotless at 3pm of May 14.

Last Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:1 AM

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