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9-year-old B.C. girl spearheads inner-city clean-up

06/06/2013 12:06 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT
A nine-year-old girl in Prince George, B.C., is doing her part to clean up her inner-city neighbourhood.

Every Sunday, Raia Patrick-Prince picks up garbage in her neighbourhood, which is known for drug activity and crime.

"I have grabbers. It helps me pick up garbage,” she says.

It’s not uncommon for Raia to find needles and crack pipes alongside the litter, but she leaves that garbage for her mother Amanda Prince.

"She doesn't like how the 'hood is portrayed,” Prince said. “She knows that there's hookers around. She knows that there's needles on the ground."

Raia is concerned about her neighbourhood's negative reputation and wants to help clean it up.

She also hopes to inspire other kids to join the cause.

"I yelled at a 14-year-old boy. He dropped his empty chip bag, and I said, 'Hey! Pick that up and throw it into the garbage.’ His eyes were really big and he listened to me."

A handful of kids have already joined Raia’s eco club.

Prince says her daughter is an inspiration in a neighbourhood that often only receives negative attention.

"I'm very proud of her. She's like the one positive thing that people can talk about the hood."

Kids aged four and older, along with their parents, are welcome to join the crusade.

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