Nuh dutty up Robin's Bay!

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Residents of Robin's Bay, St Mary, have joined the 'Nuh Dutty up Jamaica' campaign and starting their own community project dubbed 'Nuh dutty up Robin's Bay'.

The initiative is the brainchild of Kim Chase of Strawberry Fields Together Hotel who said she came up with the idea during a discussion with a guest Maurine Bryan.

"We worked together and joined with the community, had several meetings and worked hard to get it organised," she explained.

Last month, residents joined with members of the Strawberry Fields Together, the St Mary Parish Development Committee, the community police youth club, Sankey Party, Respect Jamaica, and Green Castle Estate for their first major cleanup exercise in the community.

The two-day exercise was also used to officially launch the project.

This project not only involves keeping the community clean but residents have also embarked on an initiative to recycle plastic bottles. Proceeds from that project will go towards erecting a perimeter fence at the Robin's Bay Primary School.

There is also a competition among students. The winners will be awarded with tablets in order, to get then to participate in the project.

The first day of the project was dubbed a success by organisers.

"Today's activities were wonderful. They were a bit hectic but we got through," Chase said.

While expressing pleasure with the beach cleanup, Chase pointed out that the cleanup campaign includes the entire community and not just beaches.

She said several organisations participated along with community.

"The only outside group was the Respect Jamaica group," Chase said adding that contact was made with Digicel who put her on to the group. The group sponsored 150 lunches for the day, as well as had 23 volunteers taking part in the cleanup. The other organisations were business or groups based in the community.

Members of the community, she said, volunteered their time to participate in the cleanup as well as to prepare meals.

The children, she said, were also excited about the project with some working for months to collect bottles in a bid to win the inaugural competition.

Winner Sazaree Clarke, a grade five student at Robin's Bay Primary, collected 87 bags of plastics bottles while Jaheim Mitto, a Grade six student finished in second place with 62 bags of bottles. Both students received a tablet courtesy of Sankey Party and a former guest of the Strawberry Fields Together.

Chase said it was great that in the process of cleaning the community, items can be recycled. She called on residents to continue keeping the community clean.

"Let us 'nuh dutty up Robin's Bay' nuh more," she stated.

Marsha Neil, Parent Teachers' Association president at Robin's Bay Primary school was also ecstatic about the project.

"It's a job well done. The children worked hard; I think they are looking forward to others," she said, adding that, she will also be coordinating several monthly cleanup exercise.

It is her hope that other sponsors will come on board to help to motivate the children.

    

 

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