International Coastal Cleanup Day activities at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, take place at Fisherman’s Beach
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- In support of the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) efforts to organise International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day 2013 across Jamaica, the Sandals Foundation saw to the collection of close to 7,800 lbs of garbage in 387 bags.
Started by the Ocean Conservancy in Texas, ICC is the largest one-day volunteer event in the world with more than 100 countries participating annually.
This year’s ICC event across Jamaica took place on Saturday, with the programme being funded locally by the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the RBC Blue Water Project Community Grant.
The Sandals Foundation organised cleanup activities at eight sites in Montego Bay, Whitehouse, Negril and Ocho Rios. Approximately 350 volunteers turned up to assist with the project, ridding the environment of items such as plastic and glass bottles, clothes, household items such as garden hoses and refrigerators, tyres, sand bags and car batteries.
“We are very pleased with the support we received on ICC Day, especially from members of nearby communities. It is important that we understand the effects the population has on our precious environment, and live by example to spread awareness of the possible destruction and what we can do to prevent it,” said Heidi Clarke, director of programmes of the Sandals Foundation.
She continued: “What was also great to see was the number of corporate partners who came on board and volunteered at the cleanup sites across Jamaica. Together, we can all work to make a positive and sustainable difference in our communities, and to our environment.”
In addition, the Sandals Foundation organised cleanup activities in The Bahamas, where over 49 volunteers came out in support of ICC Day in Nassau and Great Exuma. They collected 390 lbs of garbage in 39 bags.
The Sandals Foundation spent US$3,500 to facilitate the clean-ups in both countries.
In keeping with its commitment to environmental preservation, the Sandals Foundation fully supports marine education and awareness in the communities where Sandals and Beaches Resorts operate. The Foundation has engaged in managing marine sanctuaries, promoting awareness of the invasive lionfish specifies, and investing in turtle and conch conservation.