One hundred and fifty young people, the youngest of whom was age two, turned up as early as 7 a.m. today at Silver Sands Beach, Christ Church, to clean the area of sargassum seaweed.
Organiser of the drive, CARICOM youth ambassador Kaila Headley told Barbados TODAY a team from the Foundation School, which was headed by its principal Edward Cumberbatch, participated in the exercise, which also saw students from the Springer Memorial Secondary School, a team from Rubis, one from the US Embassy, the Barbados Youth Development Council, Queen’s College Old Scholars and the Jamaican Association contributing to the collection of over 500 polythene bags of seaweed by 11: 30 a.m.
Headley disclosed that Rubis was the largest corporate group and recorded the largest “haul” of seaweed, while two-year-old Nazia Waithe was the youngest member involved in the clean up.
The 500 bags of seaweed will be sold to the Sustainable Barbados Recycle Centre (SBRC) and the funds donated to the Thelma Vaughn Memorial Home.
Administrative assistant of the home, Sandra Plant, who was also at the clean up, said she was grateful for the contribution as “any funds will be welcomed by the home at this time”.