Angostura® partnered up with the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD), which chairs the local National Planning Committee for the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), to execute a youth-based cleanup exercise as part of its ongoing efforts to effect real and positive change in the mindset of young people. Approximately 200 young people came together, wearing branded Angostura® Chill jerseys, on a sunny Saturday morning to clean up the area around Pool 2, Caura River, which is a very popular venue for families and friends to gather.
Students from four secondary schools in Angostura’s fenceline community of Laventille/Morvant – Morvant Laventille Secondary School, Malick Secondary School, Russell Latapy High School and Success Laventille Secondary School – joined with teams from St. Francois Girls Secondary School, Naparima District Scouts, SpartansTT Basketball Club and Caribbean Youth Environment Network. Also, present were officers from the Forestry Division and members of the Adopt A River organization.
The group collected over 800 pounds of garbage – plastics, cans, glass bottles and general waste and the information will be added to the data collected by the ICC head office, Ocean Conservancy. The officers from the Forestry Division also conducted a tour of the area and explained the importance of water and forest conservation and reafforestation. At the end of the cleanup exercise participants enjoyed a refreshing Angostura® Chill beverage to quench their thirst.
For the past 16 years Angostura® has been partnering with CNIRD, which chairs the local National Planning Committee for the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). The ICC is the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in September. The event seeks not only to bring citizens together to help clean up the country’s water courses, but also to gather very important data on the amount and type of garbage that is collected from the various beaches, rivers and oceans.
In addition, to the cleanup exercise at Caura River, Angostura’s staff and family members journeyed to Chacachacare Island, where the team worked with other groups to clean up the beach as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development campaign.
The Company is pleased to be a part of these initiatives that help to raise awareness about environmental health and keep our inland waterways clean.