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City cleanup draws large crowd of volunteers
November 29th, 2007 9:05 PM
BVI Tourist Board 28.NOV.07
As soon as the sun rose on Saturday morning, over 90 people surrounded the Noel Lloyd / Palm Grove park pavilion to await their instructions as to which areas to tackle for the clean-up. Some came as concerned individuals; others came as groups and several as various local associations.

Their age ranged from 5 to 65 year old. Some were civil servants, politicians, and others were Road Town Business people who were tired of the unsightly garbage.

The massive city clean-up is just one of several joint initiatives that were held during Tourism Awareness Month, under the theme “Tourism is everyone’s business”. The City Manager’s Office, National Parks Trust, and Solid waste staff partnered with the BVI Tourist Board to make the City Clean Up a success.

A Day before the event BVI Tourist Board reps took digital images of the targeted areas, these were as follows;

• Old Banco to the old HM Prison
• Akara Building to Bobby’s Super Market
• Cruise Ship Pier to Waterfront Drive
• Village Cay to Captain’s Table
• BVI Taxi Stand to Festival Ground
• Akara Building to First Caribbean
• Pusser’s Pub to One Stop Mall
• Quastisky Building to Sunday Moring Well
• Palm Grove/Noel Lloyd Parking Lot to Vanterpool’s Drug Store
• Road Town’s HM/Prison to Sunday Morning Well
Groups that participated in this year’s event were assigned the above mentioned areas. They included, Rotaract, City Manager’s Group, The Association Of Guyanese in the BVI, Enis Adams Primary School, Ambassador’s Net Ball Club, All Stars Net Ball, H&E Preservation Club, Interact, Environmental Club at the Elmore Stoutt High School, BVI Saturday Morning Walkers, Dr. the Hon. Vincent Scatliffe and the District 4 Committee, BVI Platinum News, Charter Yacht Society and the Hon. Irene Penn O’Neal, At Large Representative.

Armed with gloves, rakes, heavy duty garbage bags, and wearing their BVI You’re Beautiful T-shirts, supplied by the BVI Tourist Board volunteers went straight to work, clearing out and picking up cans, bottles, styrofoam food containers, metal odds and ends and even car batteries.
“I can’t believe people would actually throw away half eaten plates of food on the street” one volunteer said, and another echoed that she picked up so much garbage that was leaning against the empty garbage bin, “people won’t even take time to throw it in the bin!”

After three hours of intense cleaning, a total of 150 garbage bags, car parts and plant debris were carried away by the Solid Waste Department. Courtney De Castro, a volunteer at the clean-up, used his personal truck to assist with carrying the garbage to the incinerator. “It was just so much, that we needed more trucks” he replied when asked why he was using his truck to help.

Volunteers were treated with assorted sandwiches, bottled water and juices after the event, and some relaxed on the benches in the park. The City Manager, Eugenia O’Neal, thanked the volunteers for their time and encouraged them to keep the BVI Beautiful by continuing their positive efforts, as well as adhering to the litter laws.

The Association of Guyanese in the BVI, was announced as the overall winner of the clean-up having made the most improvement to their designated area. For their hard work, they have been awarded a Day Sail for 6 people on a 40 FT Monohull courtesy of Horizon Yacht Charters, Coral Studio Gift Certificate valued at $100 and other prizes. First Runner up went to the Environmental Club at the Elmore Stoutt High School who went out of their designated spots to clean-up other areas. They will receive several prizes such as certificates at Colombian Emeralds, Scuba Dive Course courtesy of Aquaventure Scuba and other Tourist Board gift packages. Other prizes such as Afternoon Dive for 2 courtesy of Dive Tortola and a 2 tank dive courtesy of Sail Caribbean Divers will be awarded to individuals who went the extra mile. The clean up was judged based on the before- and- after photos of their designated areas.

Clean ups conducted in the past, included Long Bay/Beef Island, Smugglers’ Cove, Brandy Wine Bay Beach and Josiah’s Bay Beach, which took place in July 2006. During Environmental month, which was held in the June 2007, Trellis Bay was targeted.

Director of Tourism, Janis Edwards-Braithwaite indicated her hope that the City clean up was not a onetime initiative but that it will become a day to day continuous process among the people of the BVI to keep the BVI Beautiful.

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Posted by Pam Romney on November 29th, 2007 9:05 PMPost a Comment

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