On Saturday, April 18 2009, the 78 participants in Keep Bermuda Beautiful’s first Walk and Work collected some 94 bags of trash on their roadside route from St. George’s to Ferry Reach. Notable amongst them were the Deputy Mayor of St. George’s, Mr. Kenneth Bascome, former Premier Dr. David Saul and junior members of the Bermuda National Rugby Association.
KBB’s President Susan Harvey said: “These wonderful volunteers worked incredibly hard to clean up the road into St. George’s. To be truthful I had anticipated that everyone would take a bag and pick up a token amount of litter, enjoying the walk rather than focusing on the litter. Not so. The group collected over 2/3rds of a ton from the land between St. George’s and the end of Ferry Reach. That is truly remarkable and gives an insight into the badly littered state of our highways.”
To keep spirits high there were waterstops at three locations along the road. Water bottles were provided which could be refilled and extra bags and gloves were available, as were snacks and a KBB tee shirt for each walker. For those not wanting to walk back to Town Square from the Ferry Reach roundabout, there were a number of cars with volunteer drivers to give a welcome lift.
The Happy bags, snacks, waterbottles and water were all donated by local merchants: BGA; John Barritt & Son; the Marketplace and Pure Water. KBB is enormously grateful to them for their support and generosity. Also to the great volunteers and participants who came out to work for the community. Because of their fine spirit the country is that much cleaner, greener and healthier today.