Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 – FWD Fest – Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, St James.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: To assist in manning the FCT booth; one or two people experienced with dealing with children – possibly teachers – to assist in the children’s activity desk which will form part of the Mobile Learning Centre Research; and general volunteers to assist the Bellairs team in the running of the event (lots needed!!) eg: ushering, reference people and helping visitors to the event find their way. Different shifts are available, but the event starts at 10am and runs until 5pm.

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FWD Fest is mentioned for volunteer assistance, but is open to the public as well! All are welcome to visit and learn how Bellairs has been helping the Barbados environment over the years Saturday and Sunday May 28 and 29 between 10am and 5pm, with schools welcome on Friday May 27 between 10-2

Saturday June 4 1:30pm through 5:30pm – Puppets and Movies for young and old – Olympus Theatres, Sheraton Mall, Christ Church
Event will offer 2 puppet shows and 2 movies for children, while at the same time of the kids films we are also looking to offer 2 films suited to an adult audience.
This event needs 4 volunteers to help with ushering and helping to man a booth
There will be a small charge for patrons – TBA.

Sunday June 5 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY – 10am – Plastic Bag Awareness Event –
We are looking to organise a fun event, however quite impactful with as many people as we can get, to come out in plastic bag outifts with placards to highlight the overuse of plastic bags in Barbados (kinda like the guy in the attached photo!! – Thanks Vicky!)

You may have remembered our event last year where some 75 volunteers helped sell reusable shopping bags in Supermarkets across the country? This year we are wanting to highlight the dangers of plastic bags and create an awareness event to remind people to USE the 20,000 reusable shopping bags that were sold last year! If you have school groups or kids who would like to make up a plastic bag outfit and placards to come and raise awareness on this day, please contact us for more information!

Environment Month Retreat
We are looking to organise a retreat to reflect on the work completed in the past year and to invite new committee members who would like to have more of a ‘hands on’ contribution to the FCT over the coming year. Dates are to be confirmed, however we are pencilling in June 18 for a fun interactive session! Please contact us for more details!

Clean Up Barbados Saturday September 17
Supporters are invited to consider their contribution to Clean Up Barbados for 2011 as we strive to create an awareness campaign in the lead up to the event. Volunteers will of course be needed on the day across the country and for those who have helped before, we ask for your participation again! One of the most popular recommendations from the events in the past two years is to continue the awareness throughout the year and not just have one day of action. We would like to invite your assistance to this concept in developing ways of ‘spreading the word’ of reducing illegal dumping and littering. Funding and in kind assistance with design work would be appreciated in addition to helping to get the 2011 event off the ground!

Puppet Shows are available to all primary schools across Barbados at no charge to the school thanks to funding from the British High Commission!
We are also seeking new puppeteers for summer camps and where possible long term availability for in school time shows on Wednesdays and Fridays!

Communities are gearing up for the construction of their various recycling collection points thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation! With 12 to be constructed between now and February next year, communities across Barbados will be helping to reduce the impact to the landfill while earning income for themselves and the country.

Future Trees
Our tree planting schedule is about to be confirmed for the wet season, with a great planting to get the project moving for the year on Earth Day April 22 at the Garrison! Thanks to Lani Edghill for leading the organising on this one, we look forward to seeing new trees developing over the years to help replace some that were lost in HurricaneTomas. For more information on the Future Trees, visit the website: http://www.thefuturetrees.com/

Other projects currently being implemented include:

  • Streamlining Hotel Waste Management Part II;
  • Green Business Barbados Programme;
  • Development of Book 2 for the Bri and Luk Learning Series;
  • Mobile Learning Centre Fitout and Implementation;
  • Community Outreach Presentations;
  • Phase 2 of the Grassroots Community Video Project before end of December 2011;
  • Design and Implementation of an educational mural on the South Coast Boardwalk;
  • Of course Events to include one large fundraiser in November – details TBA
  • Not to mention the maintaining of our great resource centre and its own displays to name a few!
  • We would love to hear from supporters who are interested in any of the above projects out of interest sake, or by offering assistance either through time, input contributions or funding!

So in summary, there is a lot going on! Anyone interested in assisting with the volunteer requests or is wanting general programme information can contact Nicole Garofano on her mobile at 836 6163 or for specific project requests, the following coordinators:

  • Lani Edghill – Green Business and Waste Management Project Coordinator – 836 6189
  • Krystal Boyea – Mobile Learning Centre Coordinator – 836 6188
  • Vicky Merrick – Puppet Show Schedules and CoRe NETWORK Coordinator – 836 6186
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