Scotch Oakburn College student Maddie Hassell has seized the initiative where cleaning our popular waterways is concerned.
The 11-year-old coordinated a cleanup group to comb the shores of the North Esk River and pick up as much litter as possible on Sunday.
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Maddie said the effort was part of Scotch's involvement in the Round Square program: an initiative that aims to instil key values in children around making the world a better place.
"It's always been my passion to help the environment and I thought this would be a great way to help," Maddie said.
"I've been to previous cleanups and it's been quite dirty and I thought this would be a great place to do it because it's right near the waterfront where all the rubbish can get in the water."
Lots of people doing a little bit can make a big impact.Mark Hassell
Maddie was not alone, with her classmates and members of the community chipping in to do their part.
Maddie's father Mark Hassell said his daughter was influenced by a quote from Gandhi to "be the change you want to see in the world".
"So many environmental issues can be depressing for people, but if you can actually get out and do something about it ... lots of people doing a little bit can make a big impact," Mr Hassell said.
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