Sunday 23 February, 2020

D and G Foundation supports JET's coastal clean-up

The atmosphere at the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track was alive on Saturday with a vibrant spirit of volunteerism as team members from the Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation came out in full support of the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICCD) 2019.

“It feels great to share in my team’s enthusiasm for being here,” shared newly appointed Managing Director of Red Stripe, Luis Prata. “We started early and cleared a lot of our section. Given the task at hand and the genuine sense of duty towards the environment, we were enthusiastic about doing our part in contributing to the environmental preservation of the area.”

In addition to championing awareness, ICCD is also an initiative to collect data. Each volunteer team was entrusted with Ocean Trash Data Forms which will help to inform a globally coordinated effort to tackle waste management practices by identifying and promoting preventative strategies.

Dianne Ashton-Smith, Chairman of the D&G Foundation, said, “Sustainability is among the key pillars of the D&G Foundation so we were happy to play an active role in supporting this initiative. We were more than willing to join forces with other volunteers to do our part in improving the environment. We hope this extends beyond today and into a collective and sustained effort to invest in preventing any future pollution of our coastline.”

This marks JET’s 11th year as national coordinators of the local arm of the worlds largest one-day volunteer event. The Palisadoes Go Kart Track was one of a record-breaking 190 sites registered by the organization, with the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica network.

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