BAJAN TALENT LENDS ITSELF TO CLEANING UP BARBADOS: Sat. 18 September 2010 – “Artists Uniting for a Cleaner Barbados”
Barbadian talent, Ms Tamara Marshall was so disappointed by the debris left around the Oistins area some two weeks ago that she took action and posted what she felt was a simple message on the social media site, Facebook. The response Tamara received was unexpected and in many ways overwhelming, with fellow Barbadians, both here and overseas, sharing their concerns over what appears to be a complete disregard for the cleanliness of our local environs by some members of the population. Her next step was to engage her talented colleagues to put together what she has called “Artists Uniting for a Cleaner Barbados”.
Artists including Allison Norville-Forde, Paula Hinds, Marisa Lindsay, Indrani, TC, John King, Biggie Irie, Jennifer Highland, Jan Gibson, and of course Tamara, came together at Tamara’s BeatOne Production Studios to record messages of waste responsibility to the public to be included in the Future Centre Trust’s Clean Up Barbados Campaign. Furthermore, they will be inviting partners to develop this content into an ongoing public education message to be made available to local and regional media outlets, including further use of social media and other internet sources.
“Tamara’s energy has been such a great contribution to the awareness campaign, not only to the Clean Up Barbados Campaign day, but to the issue of littering and illegal dumping in general. Spending time with such a great talent in Tamara and her production partner Jim, have been a very inspiring contribution to such an important initiative. The Future Centre Trust is so very appreciative of these efforts being undertaken by Tamara, Jim and the Artists for a Cleaner Barbados”, says Nicole Garofano, Project Coordinator – Clean Up Barbados. “We have thought of including artists into our campaigns previously, but when a personal experience occurs such as Tamara’s, that individual becomes the catalyst of action against the issues at hand”, she added.
Tamara has offered her help on the day itself by taking on the role of ‘Roving Reporter’ for the planned video coverage. “We are looking to secure additional sponsors for the video production on the day and certainly for the longer video production with the artists to provide local media with messages to help the waste management issue of Barbados,” says Garofano. With such a backing of interest from such a widely known range of talented musicians in Barbados, the message is sure to receive a widespread impact.
Clean Up Barbados takes place on Saturday September 18, 2010. The public is invited to participate by selecting an area of concern, drawing together a team for participation and registering the community with the Future Centre Trust. Teams can commence at their chosen time of the morning on the day, but are asked to be completed by around midday to allow the weighing-in of what is collected to be undertaken in a timely manner. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available, particularly as it relates to media, T shirt and haulage contributions. Those interested are encouraged to call the Future Centre Trust on 625 2020, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.cleanupbarbados.org.