Three good Samaritans have taken the time to clean up unwanted graffiti at different locations around town over a few days during the past week.
After hearing several locations were tagged with graffiti, Carlen Cire, 20, Kyle McGarva, 24 and Robert Tucker, 22, volunteered their time to clean up the walls.
The first spot was at a location on the corner of 50 Street and 50 Avenue near the North Bridge, which was already painted over by Cire and McGarva after it was tainted a few months ago. Another was at the Royal Hotel, where the owner purchased some paint and all three helped cover the graffiti.
Because of the location being situated on the Ponoka Stampede Parade route, Cire and McGarva felt it was important to help and clear the tags.
“If you don’t take pride in your community or give back to your community doing little things like these … it sets an example for the younger generation,” said Cire.
McGarva added that local businesses invest in the community and their product and if they’re gone, folks will go out of town to do their shopping.
Tucker wanted to help out as well and he jumped at helping the other two.
Seeing the graffiti return to the 50 Street location was frustrating for Cire. “They’ve seen that someone went out of their way to do something … it’s sad to see.”
Cire said the goal is to help out and have pride in the community and to make Ponoka a place that is attractive to businesses.