Some 1,500 people representing schools, businesses, church groups and other community organisations pitched in starting very early Saturday, 2 April, to clean up roads and beaches as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Earth Day Cleanup.
All the volunteers were treated to a free brunch, courtesy of LIME, at Tiki Beach after their work was done.
Among those attending were Governor Duncan Taylor and his wife Beatrice, both of whom spent time chatting with the participants.
“It was a spectacular day,” said Wil Pineau, Chamber CEO. “The community spirit generated by this cleanup event is always extraordinary.
“Sometimes we forget that it is the beauty of the Cayman Islands that is our greatest asset. If we don’t preserve this and take pride in where we live, then we run the risk of losing valuable tourism dollars and investment.”
The Chamber expressed its thanks to event sponsors British Caymanian Insurance Co. Ltd; The Caledonian Group; Dart Enterprises Ltd; Island Heritage Insurance; Water Authority-Cayman; Kensington Management Group Ltd; KPMG; Transocean Inc.; G.E.L. Wholesale & Distributors; FirstCaribbean International Bank; CUC Ltd; Flowers Bottled Water; The Phoenix Group; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Cayman Islands Yellow Pages; Cayman National; Grant Thornton; Foster’s Food Fair IGA; Department of Environmental Health; Power Flower Ltd; Mourant Ozannes; Royal Bank of Canada; LIME; CIBC Bank & Trust Company (Cayman) Ltd; Deutche Bank; and the Recreations, Parks and Cemetery Unit of the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture.
Special recognition was given to the employees of the Recreation, Parks and Cemetery Unit who, with a team of 20 staff and seven pickup trucks, collected all the trash bags on Monday, 4 April.