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Fun In The Son goes green

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Papa san

Wholesome family entertainment, inspiration and volumes of fun are just some of the things Fun in the Son is synonymous with. However, this year, the show has partnered with Protect the Environment Trust (PET), a non-governmental organisation that seeks to improve Jamaica's environment through the collection of plastic bottles/containers and other non-biodegradable waste material for recycling.

The programme will help to lessen the devastating effects of some 40 million plastic bottles that are dumped on to our lands and waterways each month.

"Take a look in the supermarkets, almost everything, including liquor, is being distributed in plastic," said Del Crooks, director of PET.

PET's objective at the eighth staging of Fun in the Son is to collect all plastic bottles and aluminium cans to take to its plant for recycling.

Excited about outreach

To date, PET has recovered in excess of 20 million plastic bottles and containers from beaches, streets, schools, hotels, bars, restaurants and gyms in Kingston, St Andrew, Portland, St Mary and Portmore. This partnership with Fun in the Son seeks to expand the enterprise, said Crooks.

"Fun in the Son is an established event that targets so many people, the audience we will reach is extensive: both young and old, and we're very excited about that," said Crooks.

She also drove home the point that plastic only starts to break down approximately 700 years after being disposed, as a result, "Every and any opportunity to partner is important in putting an end to plastic bottles ending up in the garbage. So any mass of people is ideal to this initiative ... . The primary focus of the partnership is to try from all avenues available to prevent plastic bottles from ending up in the dumps."

Fun in the Son will be staged this Saturday at Jamaica College, Hope Road, starting at 10 a.m., with fun-filled activities inside the Kids Village. At 2 p.m., the free concert features upcoming artistes ranging from Young Ambassadors - SOP, Ryan Berry, JLee, Kereen Gregory, Trill X, Courtney Cooke, Kingdom SoulJazz and US-based Element. Later on, eager fans will get the opportunity to listen and worship to the music of international gospel artiste, Kirk Franklin, Jamaica's own, Papa San, Carlene Davis, DJ Nicholas, Sister Scully, Goddy Goddy, Omari, Jabez, Kimiela Isaacs and others.