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07 Jul

Meet Tony: A BeachPatrol and Love Our Street Champion!

Tony, a 32-year-old software engineer originally from Taiwan, arrived in Australia with a dream.

"Australia's strong sense of community really drew me in", Tony says. "Even before I came here, I knew volunteering was the best way to integrate and give back to my new home."

A tireless volunteer across multiple groups:

For the past two years, Tony has been a familiar face at Elwood Beach Patrol, Elwood Love Our Street, Balaclava & Ripponlea Love Our Street, Cheltenham Love Our Street, and Malvern East Love Our Street. He even helps out at Sandringham and Aspendale Beach Patrol when his schedule allows. "I love the variety," Tony explains. "It keeps things interesting and allows me to connect with even more people who share my passion for the environment."



Inspired by nature and community:

Even before arriving in Australia, Tony was drawn to the country's environmental consciousness.

"I read a blog about volunteers cleaning beaches to save sea turtles," Tony recalls. "That story really stuck with me, and I knew I wanted to be a part of something like that."

Finding connection and purpose through volunteering:

"Volunteering isn't just about cleaning beaches and streets," Tony says. "It's become a big part of my life in Australia. I've made so many friends and learned a lot about Australian culture from the people I volunteer with. It gives me a real sense of purpose and belonging."


Building a reputation in his new home:

Tony's dedication hasn't gone unnoticed. He's earned recognition and respect from fellow volunteers across different groups. "In my first year, I visited different groups," Tony says.

"Even though they hadn't seen me before, some leaders recognized me from photos and welcomed me warmly. It made me feel like I was really becoming part of the Australian community."


A call to action for potential volunteers:

Tony encourages anyone who cares about Australian wildlife and nature to join a Beach Patrol or Love Our Street group. "We can all do our part to minimise pollution reaching our waterways," Tony says. "By working together, we can make a real difference."


From the unexpected to the usual:

Tony's beach cleaning adventures have yielded some fascinating finds, from oversized undergarments to used syringes.However, the most common culprits remain cigarette butts, microplastics, and food wrappers on the beaches, and cigarette butts, bottles, cans, and cartons on the streets.



Beyond the clean-up:

Tony believes raising environmental awareness is crucial."Finding ways to increase environmental consciousness is important," Tony says. He encourages everyone to utilise the Container Deposit Scheme, "it's a simple action that can make a big difference".


Thank you, Tony, for your dedication and commitment to making a difference in your new home! You are a valuable member of the BeachPatrol and Love Our Street family.

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