Caring for the environment one step at a time!
Island Divers at Ti Kaye Resort & Spa makes International Coastal Clean-up Day an annual event on its calendar. For the second consecutive year this beach clean-up has gained serious momentum by attracting some keen community supporters. For those who are not aware, Anse Cochon located in Anse La Raye is one of the protected marine reserves on the west coast of Saint Lucia. Home to many tropical fish and thriving coral reef, it provides a haven to respectful observers of aquatic life like divers and snorkelers as well as a livelihood to the fishing communities of Canaries and Anse La Raye.
Spearheading this clean-up initiative was recently appointed dive shop manager, Mr. Curtis Antoine. Born and raised in the community of Canaries, Curtis actively rallied up hotel guests while long time visitors to Saint Lucia, Nick and Sarah McIntree, not only volunteered to be hands-on help but also put Curtis in touch with the Saint Lucian Cadets Corps who came and assisted. The participation of volunteers was overwhelming with 18 cadets along with Lieutenant Cyril D’Elisee (who is also an advertising rep with the STAR) as well as Ti Kaye staff and guests. After 2 hours of hard work guests, staff and the cadets had accumulated 12 bags of garbage from the beach and road access to the beach of Anse Cochon. A great sense of achievement was shared by all.
General Manager Sarah Watts expressed her gratitude to the supporters of this event: “I am extremely proud of everyone who took personal time out of their day to volunteer and help us clean up our piece of paradise. The impact of plastics and uncontrolled garbage has terrible environmental and health consequences and contributes to the destruction of our coral reef, marine life and natural beaches. I am confident that this clean-up will become an engaging part of our Ti Kaye community and culture and look forward to being alongside all the other wonderful people who care about Saint Lucia by supporting this venture. I also wish to applaud and encourage all organisations that are spearheading similar campaigns in the battle to keep Saint Lucia beautiful and clean.”
Cheers to Island Divers members, Ti Kaye Staff, Cadets for a job well done.