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GraceKennedy's 'Harbour Haul'

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 2:00 AMKeisha Hill
Andrea Coy, chief executive officer, GraceKennedy Foods – Jamaica (Domestic), works at removing plastic bottles and other discarded materials from a section of the waterfront in downtown Kingston.
GraceKennedy Group’s Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby retrieves a plastic bottle from the Kingston Harbour. The bottle, and hundreds more, were retrieved from the Harbour coastline and will be recycled by the GraceKennedy Group as part of the GraceKennedy Foundation’s recycling initiative.

Some 60 volunteers from across GraceKennedy's (GK)subsidiaries were successful in cleaning over 1000 lbs of garbage and plastics from the Kingston Harbour. The initiative, dubbed 'Harbour Haul', was part of GraceKennedy's 94th anniversary activities.

In just over 90 minutes, the GK team collected 235.8 pounds of plastics and 783.6 pounds of garbage. The plastics will be recycled, a huge area of focus of the GraceKennedy Foundation.

"One of GraceKennedy's areas of focus has been the environment, and our GraceKennedy Foundation continues to do fantastic work in that area. From what I saw in the harbour this morning, we all have more to do in keeping our environment clean," said Group Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby.

He also spoke to the importance of GraceKennedy's community involvement since the company's inception. "We always try to find additional ways to contribute," he said. "We were also happy to see the community coming out and supporting us! They were so appreciative of what we were doing that they said they had to come and join us. That made us feel really good," Wehby said.