|Hundreds help TCI shine|
|Thursday, 24 November 2011 17:10|
Providenciales is shining this week, thanks to the efforts of nearly 250 volunteers who braved an early morning and hot weather to clean trash from along roadsides across the island.
The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) hosted its semi-annual “TCI Shines” cleanup campaign on Saturday, Nov. 19, moved up from December to coincide with Tourism, Environment Awareness Month (TEAM).
TEAM is an initiative created by the Tourist Board, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources and the Department of Environmental Health to raise awareness in the public about the on the importance the environment plays in the TCI.
“We wanted to show our support of this important initiative,” TCHTA Association Executive Stacy Cox explained for moving the campaign up from its usual time just before the Christmas holiday.
This season’s cleanup was extra special with nine local schools joining with TCHTA members and businesses. Groups of students, teachers and parents from Community Christian Academy, Ianthe Pratt Primary School, Provo Primary, TCI Middle School, Precious Treasures, TCIPS Comprehensive High School, Enid Capron Primary School, Clement Howell High School and B.E.S.T. Institute all came out to clean up areas around their schools.
“It is so important to get the message out to our youth about caring for our environment,” Cox said. “We have to start from a small age.”
Roads were cleaned from Long Bay to Blue Hills and Grace Bay to Five Cays, with miles and miles of roadways and highways being freed of unsightly and environmentally unfriendly trash.
In total, 1,100 bags of trash were collected as well as tires, washing machines, refrigerators and various other appliances carelessly discarded in the bushes on the side of the road.
Resort employees from the Sands, Regent Palms, Tuscany, Club Med, Villa del Mar, Grace Bay Resorts and Amanyara all brought teams to help in the cleanup.
“It was our biggest turnout ever,” Cox told the fp at the Children’s Park in the Bight where participants gathered after the cleanup for refreshments. Hemmingways, Caribbean Cruisin’ and IGA donated food and drinks for the volunteers. TCI Waste Disposal also volunteered its services to dispose of the massive amount of trash collected.
The next TCI Shines cleanup will take place near Earth Day in April.
“Our objective for Earth Day is to get everyone involved,” Cox said.
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