Allman Town Primary to participate in islandwide beach clean-up

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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A team of students and staff members from Allman Town Primary School will participate, for the first time, in the islandwide beach clean-up on September 16, International Coastal Cleanup Day.

The six students and two staff members from the East Kingston school will join hundreds of volunteers at the main project of the environmental event, on the Palisadoes peninsula in Kingston. They will participate alongside a team from JN Fund Managers Limited, which is also joining in the event for the first time.

“I am looking forward to this event,” said Lacquane Allen, a grade-four student. “I want to see our beaches clean because fish cannot live in dirty water.”

Teacher Mervaylle Griffiths-Foga explained that the school aims to increase environmental awareness among students. “Our main thrust is to get students into the habit of keeping their immediate environment clean, and we also want to ensure that they understand the importance of the natural environment to our survival.”

“I thank JN Fund Managers for giving us the opportunity to participate in this environmental effort being carried out by its own staff,” Griffiths-Foga declared.

She was speaking during a visit to the school by a team from JN Fund Managers on Tuesday, at which they delivered shirts, water bottles and gloves, which will be needed for the beach clean-up on Saturday.

“We wanted to include Allman Town Primary School in our environmental effort as an additional way of giving back,” said Terrian Fletcher, special assistant at the investment firm. “The company has 54 staff members, and 30 have agreed to participate in the beach clean-up; therefore, by including the Allman Town in our efforts, we can make an even bigger impact on our country and the environment.”

Fletcher, who attends church in the Allman Town community, said JN Fund Managers started a programme earlier this year, which required staff members to serve in the community for eight hours on a quarterly basis.

“So far we have adopted this school and we are working with the Junior Achievement Jamaica programme. In addition, we came out on Labour Day to help clean up downtown Kingston,” Fletcher said. “We are looking for ways to make a difference, and help on International Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way to do so.”

Danielle Shaw, from the JN Fund Managers' marketing team — who organised the participation of Allman Town Primary School in the firm's environmental drive — pointed out that a good relationship has been developed with the school's executive.

Shaw said: “This Saturday's beach clean-up will bring us even closer to this very deserving educational institution.”

International Coastal Cleanup, a global event, began in 1986 by Ocean Conservancy, a United States of America-based environmental advocacy group. It aims to get citizens to remove trash from beaches and waterways around world, identify the sources of debris, and change the behaviours which contribute to pollution.

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