WE ARE cleaning up around Port St Mary for this weekend’s volunteer event for Beach Buddies, meeting on the road above Chapel Bay at 10.30am on Sunday, December 12th.
The Beach Buddies big red truck will be there to distribute equipment and remove the rubbish collected afterwards, recycling as much of the materials as possible, including plastics, glass, metals and cans.
The volunteer session takes only 90 minutes, but there is a huge amount of extra time behind the scenes before and after each beach cleaning event, and Beach Buddies would like to say a huge thankyou for their incredible and much-needed support.
Lindsay Valerga and Rob Gawne give a massive amount of time each week to remove all the rubbish and they recycle many thousands of items every year, as well as empty our 48 bins placed at access points to beaches all over the Island.
It’s time-consuming, not the most pleasant job in the world, and sometimes they have to deal with some really awful smelly and unpleasant materials. But they always do this with a smile, knowing that it helps our widlife, marine life and our worldwide reputation as a UNESCO biosphere.
Lindsay and Rob are supported by their partners Chris and Wendy, and we fully appreciate what they also do on a regular basis for Beach Buddies and our beautiful Island.
• This will be the last weekend event for 2021 as we are having our normal Christmas break. Recent storms mean there will almost certainly be plenty of rubbish on all of our beaches so if you are out and about please collect what you can. Have a great Christmas and New Year – the support of our volunteers is just fantastic and very much appreciated. It’s great to have you all as part of our team.