CIBC FirstCaribbean team return to Whim Gully in national bid to “Clean Up Barbados”

Returning to the site of the Whim Gully, St. Peter recently to join national efforts to clean up Barbados, the team from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank says it has retrieved more garbage than last year.

Janine White, leader of a team of 30 from the bank’s branch network and Customer Care Officer at Warrens said there was “definitely” more garbage collected than a year ago with most of it being non-recyclable.

“We found so many tyres, dashboards and steering wheel covers. We also picked up umbrellas, fans, and Styrofoam as well as junk food containers. The most startling thing, though, was that bags of household refuse had been dumped in the gully so we were picking up what the garbage trucks should be collecting. We battled rain and the smell of decaying garbage,” Ms. White said.

The staff, drawn from branches at Warrens, Broad Street, Wildey, Sheraton and Sunset Crest, worked on a wet Saturday morning for four hours from 7:30 am. Ms. White said this presented them with another opportunity to give back and have fun while doing so. "The team was also more sensitised to the impact that dumping can have."

The staff, drawn from branches at Warrens, Broad Street, Wildey, Sheraton and Sunset Crest, worked on a wet Saturday morning for four hours from 7:30 am. Ms. White said this presented them with another opportunity to give back and have fun while doing so. “The team was also more sensitised to the impact that dumping can have.”

In addition to collecting rubbish from the Whim Gully the CIBC FirstCaribbean staffers also found three refrigerators. “This was a shock; that instead of taking them to one of the island’s recycling plants someone transported and dumped them in Sailor Gully instead,” the team leader noted.

Ms. White went on to urge Barbadians to stop dumping. "It can have a ripple effect after it all builds up. Take the nature trail through Whim Gully, for example, its natural aesthetic is being distorted because of dumping. And of course there are potential issues if water courses become blocked."

Ms. White went on to urge Barbadians to stop dumping. “It can have a ripple effect after it all builds up. Take the nature trail through Whim Gully, for example, its natural aesthetic is being distorted because of dumping. And of course there are potential issues if water courses become blocked.”

CIBC FirstCaribbean is cementing its commitment to preservation of the environment and the sensitization of the public on this crucial issue. To this end, it has sponsored the creation of an environmental mosaic mural on the expanse of wall between the bank’s Head Office at Warrens and the Baobab Building. The project, coordinated by the Future Centre Trust and designed by Goldie and David Spieler, is set for completion this month.

Donna Wellington, CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director, Barbados said issues related to the environment were of increasing concern to the bank especially as they impacted upon on the lives of people in the communities which the bank serves. “We’ll continue to use our time and resources to effect demonstrable change as well as raise awareness of these issues among our staff, customers and the wider public.”

Ms. Wellington added that the bank’s participation was also part of the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause which sees departments of the bank volunteer tangible and financial assistance to worthy causes. In addition to the environment, causes also include repairs and refurbishments to schools and retirement homes, donations to the HIV/AIDS food bank, and support for young men affected by drug use and abuse.

The bank has been involved in Clean Up Barbados since its inception in 2009. The annual clean up is an annual initiative of the Future Centre Trust. It is linked to the annual Clean Up The World event which takes place on the third weekend in September each year.

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