Through the collaborative efforts of Hope Town Primary School, the Methodist Youth Ministry and Concerned Citizens Watch (C.C.W.), over forty community members of all ages met on Saturday September 20, for an island wide clean-up of Elbow Cay.
This group included locals, residents, school children, members of the Hope Town Bull Sharks Flag Football Team, and even a group representing Abaco Swim Club, and was the first of many planned community improvement efforts for Hope Town.
This premier activity marked September as International Coastal Clean- Up Month.
After meeting in Jarrett Park for an opening prayer, teams were formed to tackle different areas around the cay, from the North End all the way to Tahiti Beach in the south.
Trash bags and water were donated by many local businesses, including Vernon’s Grocery, The Foodstore, L.V.A, Sugar Shack, Firefly Sunset Resort (who even donated a truck and driver), Hope Town Hideaways (who even sent homemade cookies as Mrs. Peggy Thompson would have seen fit to do) and Captain Jack’s.
The event was a great success, with close to 400 pounds of garbage picked up.
It was noted that more clean ups are needed along the beaches and are already being planned in conjunction with other beautification and community building activities.