LIFE . HEALTH . PENSIONS
Bridgetown, Barbados, April 21, 2016: On Saturday, April 16, a team of over 50 Guardian Group staff, agents along with their family and friends descended on Browne’s Beach for the first initiative of the company’s “Guardian Group celebrates With the Nation” campaign in celebration and recognition of Barbados’ jubilee anniversary.
In concert with the theme of the 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations – “Pride and Industry” – the beach clean-up drive sought to reinforce the value of protecting our environment and preserving our heritage. This aspect of civic engagement also served to reinforce the spirt of volunteerism amongst our staff and deepen the power of teamwork, tenets on which Guardian Group is built.
The team armed with gloves, rakes, plastic bags and determination, worked the stretch of coastline from as far south as Pebbles Beach and as far north as the Boatyard. The team combed the area and placed all garbage found into two piles recyclables and non-recyclables, ensuring a much cleaner and safer beach environment. The clean-up effort netted over 400lbs of non-recyclable materials and over 100lbs of recyclable materials.
Executive Manager, Guardian General Insurance Limited, Mr. Nigel Adams stated that the team was shocked and expressed concern at the amount of waste and the diverse items left on the beach from food containers and plastic bottles to old carpet, tires and even an old suitcase was found along the stretch of coastline. Mr. Adams pointed out that “it is evident as we have often heard; we need to take better care of our environment, as waste such as this can end up in our water and damage our reefs and marine life.”
Amado Marcano, Branch Manager, Guardian Life of the Caribbean, emphasized the need to install more garbage cans on the beach to assist in the proper disposal of items and lamented the need for users to take better care of this beautiful resource.
As a Pan Caribbean organisation, Guardian Group recognizes the importance of the beaches to the social and economic viability of our islands. Our beaches also act as a primary ground for engaging in healthy physical activities, which promote the well-being of our communities.
For Barbados, our beaches are as diverse as our island and they represent one of our greatest assets, which we must strive to maintain and preserve, for both citizens and tourists.
Mr. Nigel Adams, Executive Manager, Guardian General Insurance (c) and other personnel from Guardian Group taking the waste to the collection point
Mr. Kammie Holder, Corporate Agent, Guardian Life of the Caribbean (r) being assisted as he weighed the various bags collected
After 90 minutes of traversing the coastline, Guardian Group Team effort saw over 400lbs in waste being collected.