In an act of service to the community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association spent New Year’s morning picking up trash left behind by those counting down to midnight at Olympic Plaza and Stephen Avenue.
The group has woken up early to clean up the city’s core on New Year’s Day for several years but this was Moaz Shweri’s first time cleaning with the association because he’s just moved to Calgary from Syria. He has lived in Canada for only three months but feels a responsibility to improve the community by pitching in.
“I am so happy to join the group in cleaning the city because it is my duty for this community,” said Shweri, as he picked up litter in front of the Arts Common building.
In Calgary, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has over 400 members with 60 of them pitching in to clean the city’s downtown while another group of 25 drove to Airdrie to clean there. They were all up early to start the morning in prayer at a local mosque before taking to the streets to pick up trash.