Youth battle sargassum seaweed

East Coast beach covered in the seaweed.

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”.



6 Responses to Youth battle sargassum seaweed

  1. Patrick Blackman June 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    We have people up at Dodds doing nothing all day, put them to use.

  2. dave June 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I agree with you Patrick -So True !!!

  3. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2015 at 7:08 am

    All who follow here will remember I always post “don’t send them to the 5 star Hotel at DODDS city , put them on the beaches to clean swead weed .

  4. Angela Maynard June 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Patrick, I agree with you suggestion, however, are there enough prison officers to police them on the beach and the jail too? Just asking.

  5. Patrick Blackman June 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    @Angela Maynard – we would not know until we give it a try. Let us see what the government and the tourism industry does now.

  6. Walter Prescod June 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Yes put them to work, not enough prison officers! Chain them then.


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