Team members from the Sandals Resorts Montego Bay area cleaned more than 400 pounds of trash from a section of the beach and sidewalks in the nearby White House community on Tuesday as part of the initiative to ongoing community support from the company and in particular to mark World Oceans Day 2022 in June. 8.
The labor of love was a collaboration between two environmental groups at Sandals, namely the Sandals PR team and Earth Guardians.
The combined team focused on the section of White House Beach adjacent to the new runway expansion at Donald Sangster International Airport, which is the scene of intense ongoing construction.
Environmental activists began their efforts at dawn, combing the community beach for plastic bottles, paper and plastic supplies, as well as disposable masks and other debris.
Sandals Montego Bay environmental health and safety manager Haniff Richards cited the close collaboration between the resort chain and the community.
“While today is a special effort to mark World Oceans Day, it is also a continuation of our close collaboration with members of the White House community that has been going on for many years. , since the advent of COVID-19, we have been carrying out cleaning exercises in the area every three months.
Sandals, he said, took on the role of helping nearby communities maintain a clean and healthy environment, “which is why we are so happy to be able to clear the beach and roadside of debris.” .
Derrick Clarke, a construction worker for the airport runway expansion project, who lives near the White House community, was pleased with the hospitality workers’ efforts.
WELL DONE! Members of the Sandals Montego Bay area Public Relations and Earth Guardian teams in a celebratory mood after conducting a beach cleanup in the adjacent White House community to mark World Oceans Day.
“When I saw the Sandals team walking along the road with the trash bags and all the bottles, I felt really good. It’s really friendly. It’s a great job Sandals is doing in the community, and I hope they continue,” he said.
Clarke continued, “They help keep the environment clean. I respect that.
Victor England, a longtime White House resident and prominent figure in the community, praised the resort group, saying, “Sandals Resorts and Sandals Foundation are always here to help the White House community. Whenever we call on them, they are ready to help, whether it is giving school supplies to students, improving the school, distributing toys for Christmas or any other need. We are happy to have them as neighbors.
Ian Spencer, regional public relations manager for Sandals, revealed that the Sandals Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, had recently, in association with the school board and airport authorities, helped ensure that the White House Early Childhood Center is in line with Ministry of Education protocols for reopening, and said students are now engaged in face-to-face classes.
The school facility has also been equipped with handwashing sinks and supplies to combat COVID-19, as well as playground equipment and an improved play area.