ROTARACT SUPPORTS ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY Monday 17th September 2012
The Rotaract Club of Antigua has undertaken yet another milestone project in keeping with the 2012-2013 Rotary International Theme “Peace Through Service”, this time through a well organized and executed Beach Cleanup activity lead by Director of the International Service Committee Nikkita Collins.
The project, dubbed "Make It Green, Keep It Clean", is part of this year’s coastal clean-up campaign and comes as one of three initiatives aimed at creating a better relationship with other clubs in their District 7030.
The project was executed on Saturday, September 15th at the Jabberwock Beach where some 20 jumbo bags of debris was gathered and properly disposed of.
The bags were provided by the Antigua Solid Waste Department, which also facilitated the timely collection and disposal of the waste.
The clean up began at 9:00am and ran through to noon.
“Fostering the Four Ships (Fellowship, Membership, Leadership and Partnership) While Serving Our Community” is the Rotaract Club of Antigua’s theme for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and this project has fitted well with that premise as more than a dozen visitors, prospective members, Rotarians and even Interactors joined the Rotaract Club in executing the initiative.
Presidents of the Rotary Club of Antigua, Philip Harris and Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown, Neil Forrester as well as New Generation Director, Rtn. Athlyn Davis volunteered for the cleanup beautification project.
“I am very pleased that on this day dozens of people have answered the Director’s call and donated their time to help clean and beautify one of our 365 beaches,” said President of the Rotaract Club of Antigua, Daydre Daley.
Daley added, “Last year, we cleaned Runaway Beach with our Rotary Family and we are hoping that it will become our signature event each September, and hopefully we will be able to expand it to more than just one beach with hundreds of volunteers from all over the country spending a day picking up everything from baby diapers, condom wrappers to plastics and food containers.”
The Rotaract Club of Antigua believes it important that residents of Antigua and Barbuda should be more conscious of their impact on the environment, which not only key to sustenance of our country but also to our tourism-dependent economy. And, conducting cleanup activities like these can at least remediate the issue to some extent until the culture of our people is one of more environmental consideration.
In this vein, the Rotaract Club of Antigua has extended an arm of encouragement to other organizations in the twin-island state, whether private or public to ‘adopt’ a beach each year and be apart of the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health and to help make a difference both locally and internationally.
In the meantime, as the Rotaract Club of Antigua continues to forge forward in a new Rotaract year, the club is focusing on promoting literacy amongst grade five students across Antigua and Barbuda with the upcoming launch of their 6th annual spelling bee competition, the Seven-Seas-Rotaract Spelling Bee, formerly known as the Hailborange-Rotaract Spelling Bee on September 19.
Also, the club’s Finance Committee will be hosting a Domino Fundraising Tournament on September 21st and 22nd.
The Rotaract Club of Antigua is an international service club for persons aged 18 to 30 who want to make a difference within their community. If you have an interest in joining the club, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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