Car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment one step at a time!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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