Church plans clean-up campaign for Georgetown

Stabroek News
May 8, 2003

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is organising a one-day campaign on Saturday to clean up parts of Georgetown.

This campaign, dubbed the Joint Beautification Service Project, is being done with the co-operation of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and in collaboration with youth and service-oriented groups of the various municipalities of Guyana.

The areas to be targeted are the Georgetown Seawall, Everest Sports Club, David and Pike Streets, Kitty, Bourda Market, Stabroek Market, Regent Street, Tiger Bay and sections of Water Street. The exercise starts at 10 am.

At a press conference held on Tuesday, Wayne Barrow of the Utah-based (USA) church, said that the exercise was to be done once every two months. He added that groups such as the Rotary Club, Volunteer Youth Corps and other groups were approached to join the campaign.

Barrow stated also that his group was not receiving any funding for the exercise, indicating that the church would be providing garbage bags and gloves for use during the campaign. "We need to clean up the environment, our behaviour and our morals and then there would be changes in Guyana," he stressed. He praised the manner in which the M&CC dealt with the church and other groups, saying that this was done in a most courteous and professional manner, and because of this he was encouraged to go further in the exercise.

Mayor of Georgetown Hamilton Green said that littering was a big problem in Georgetown and the Council recognised that it could not do it alone. He indicated that the enforcement arm of the municipality had not had the kind of impact that he would have liked. He made the point that the council would be making available all the necessary resources to the groups involved for the success of the campaign.

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