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Volunteers clean up Jamaica's coasts

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Sandals Foundation and Sandals Negril volunteer Gary Williams waits patiently while Lorna Miller of Beaches Negril inspects a section of the Bulls Bay Beach in Hanover on International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day. Williams and Miller joined 21 other Sandals Foundation volunteers for clean-up activities in that area, as well as the Johnson Town Beach, where more than 45 bags of garbage were collected. This year's ICC event in Jamaica was coordinated locally by the Jamaica Environment Trust, with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Sandals Foundation teams in St Ann, St James and Negril and Whitehouse in Westmoreland undertook more than 10 clean-up exercises.
Jamaica National Building Society Foundation Act!on Volunteers (from left) Cansice Campbell, Ahesha Campbell and Alicia Williams participate in clean-up activities at Paggee Beach inPort Maria, St Mary, last Saturday. More than 50 Act!on volunteers dedicated their time to contribute to the annualglobal initiative.
Vauxhall High's Abigail Malcolm helps with activities at Shipwreck Beach along the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston. Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer
The Immaculate Conception High School team took a break to pose for The Gleaner at Shipwreck Beach. Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer
Contributed Mounds of garbage were removed from Shipwreck Beach along the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston last Saturday morning as volunteers came together to clean the area in observation of International Coastal Clean-up Day.
Contributed Employees of China Harbour Engineering Company place plastic bottles in garbage bags during their cleaning of the Rocky Beach along the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston.

Thousands of Jamaicans took to the coastlines to add their hands and hearts to the International Coastal Clean-up Day over the weekend.

International Coastal Clean-up Day, which was celebrated on Saturday, and is considered the largest volunteer event in the world, has taken place every year for the past 26 years.

Among the locations tackled in Jamaica on Saturday were Shipwreck Beach and Rocky Beach in Kingston, Bulls Bay Beach in Hanover and Paggee Beach in Port Maria, St Mary.

Individuals from schools, service clubs, businesses, churches, and other groups took part in the clean-up.

Here are some of the scenes from Coastal Clean-up Day in Jamaica.