Pride Coastal Clean-up on Kim Sha beach Sept. 30 | THE DAILY HERALD

Pride representative Norina Hermoso with 2018 International Coastal Clean-up poster.


COLE BAY–St. Maarten Pride Foundation and the Filipino community invite volunteers to be part of the 2018 International Coastal Clean-up set for Kim Sha Beach on Sunday, September 30, from 7:00am to 9:00am.

Students in need of community service hours are encouraged by Pride to join the clean-up. Students must be present at 7:00am to receive credit for the two hours of volunteer service.

Pride is conducting smaller clean-ups to allow community-minded persons, groups, and schools to tackle beaches and shorelines at their convenience. The International Coastal Clean-up, organised worldwide by Ocean Conservancy and coordinated locally by Pride, inventories all trash collected at beaches and shorelines and documents these on special data sheets.

Data cards are available to interested persons or groups from Pride representative Norina Hermoso (1 (721) 580-9448). All data cards once filled out must be returned to Hermoso for tabulating and submission to Ocean Conservancy.

Pride can assist clean-up groups with garbage bags.

Residents are urged to “do their part for ocean conservation and clean beaches by joining beach clean-ups and to stop all littering,” said Pride President Jadira Veen. She said Pride has noticed an increase in litterbugs in recent months. This “is cause for worry.”

She added, “Locals and residents must take the island’s cleanliness seriously not only as our home, but as a premier tourist destination in the Caribbean. It is worthwhile to note that 80 per cent of trash in our oceans originate on land.”

Source: The Daily Herald