Meteorologists had predicted a 50 per cent chance of rain for last Saturday - International Coastal Clean-up Day. But that did not deter an estimated 500 plus individuals representing various organisations that turned up to clean seven beaches in Montego Bay. This move was in part aimed at bringing back some cleanliness and pride to our shorelines.
Secrets Resorts and Spa was one of the organisations that released about 40 of their staff to volunteer in the mass clean-up exercise, but the kinds of waste encountered along the Almond Trees Beach (behind the Meeting Place along Howard Cooke Boulevard) was not a task for the faint-hearted. They literally cringed at the debris, but, remarkably, the team brushed their pride aside and did the job as best as they possibly could.
Environment, health and safety manager at Secrets Resorts, Ayanna Duval, expressed concern about the manner in which some persons mistreat the environment.
"We collected more than 1,000 pounds of garbage from the two beaches we assisted in cleaning," Duval said.
"Secrets Resorts believes in sustaining the environment and we are now more focused to extend our care further into the community. We believe that such moves will result in the continued success of the resorts and a long and rewarding relationship between the community and the management and staff, who are fully on board in supporting these initiatives," stated Duval.
Emilio Huhn, Secrets Resorts general manager, said the management and staff were proud to be a part of the activity. Huhn said as a policy, all their resorts participate in a beach clean-up activity once monthly, and staff, executive managers, as well as some guests who wish to volunteer, usually participate.
"All the actions we take to protect the environment will impact positively in the future. We look towards doing even more for the environment as well as the adjoining communities," Huhn said.