Hardy volunteers braved the elements to clean up South Sound beach in support of Project Aware’s Debris Month of Action.
The clean up took place on Sunday, 30 September and involved 23 volunteers and a dog named Aussie, said Cally Clark of organisers Don Foster’s Dive.
The idea was to “remove a substantial portion of the garbage from the beach before the autumn storms swept it back into the sea, polluting the marine environment”.
“An awesome 249 pounds of mixed garbage was removed from the beach, consisting mostly of small pieces of plastic and Styrofoam, plastic bags, bottles and ropes. By far, the most unexpected and unusual item of the day, however, was a fluorescent light bulb,” she said.
“The surprisingly cheerful volunteers, despite the conditions, consisted of: children from one of the George Town schools with their principal and a couple of teachers’ local residents’ divers and would-be divers and ‘Aussie’ the dog,” revealed the office manager.
According to Ms. Clark, the “amazing people gave up their Sunday morning in support of their community and thanked Don Foster’s Dive for organising the event”.
Volunteers said that they had welcomed such an opportunity to be useful in their community and “hoped the dive shop would organise similar clean-up events in the future”.