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  • Scores of junior optimists from Corporate Area high schools, participated in the cleaning of the Fort Rocky Beach on the Palisadoes main road in Kingston last Saturday (September 22), as the world recognised the day dedicated to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas.
  • The International Coastal Clean-up Day activity was organised by the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston (ROCK), in collaboration with the South Circle Optimist Club of Kingston as part of efforts to instill in the students, a sense of social responsibility, and the importance of caring for the environment.
  • The ROCK, founded in September 2011, organises programmes and activities that cater to the needs of children, including those with disabilities.

Scores of junior optimists from Corporate Area high schools, participated in the cleaning of the Fort Rocky Beach on the Palisadoes main road in Kingston last Saturday (September 22), as the world recognised the day dedicated to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas.

The International Coastal Clean-up Day activity was organised by the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston (ROCK), in collaboration with the South Circle Optimist Club of Kingston as part of efforts to instill in the students, a sense of social responsibility, and the importance of caring for the environment.

“We wanted to demonstrate to them the importance of keeping the environment clean, the importance of not littering, and the importance of correcting the imbalances of littering when they happen,” said Past President of the ROCK, Garvin Grandison.

“We have an obligation to the planet we share,” he added.

Mr. Grandison said Fort Rocky was the volunteer club’s Labour Day project, and it was decided to clean the area on International Coastal Clean-up Day after recognising that a large section still remained untouched.

The ROCK, founded in September 2011, organises programmes and activities that cater to the needs of children, including those with disabilities.

“Right now, we have adopted the Glenhope Nursery. We try to give the children a treat and spend some time with them,” Mr. Grandison informed.

 

The Glenhope Nursery, located in the inner-city community of Maxfield Park, is one of 13 Government-operated childcare institutions in Jamaica.

The ROCK is affiliated to the globally recognised volunteer organisation, Optimist International, and is one of the only clubs to have received a grant from the Optimist International Foundation.

The funds went towards the continuation of development projects at the Dunrobin Primary School in St. Andrew.