Monday 6 July, 2020

PHOTOS: Orange Hill residents show true Bajan community spirit

Some of the Orange Hill residents who participated in the cleanup.

Some of the Orange Hill residents who participated in the cleanup.

A group of Orange Hill, St James residents have demonstrated true Barbadian spirit.

While others celebrated the island's Independence by getting a late rest on Thursday, they commemorated the event by showing community resilience.

From as early as 7:30 in the morning residents were out in their numbers to help de-bush the area which had not been cleaned in months and was harbouring rodents. When the hard work was done they were all rewarded with food, drinks and a good old-fashioned Bajan time. 

One of the organisers of this community activism was Dr Romel Springer, who told Loop about the need for the cleanup:

"It has been months since the area around the pavilion was cleaned. The high grass and bush was a haven for rats and other rodents, as well as an eyesore. So the fellows decided to organize and clean up the area as they were the ones most affected."

That's not all for this group however. Dr Springer added that the young men in the community intend to beautify it:

"Ultimately the young men plan to power wash the wall and paint a welcome to Orange Hill sign".

Other organisers of the event included Andrew Ellis and Steve kin, while the Member of Parliament for the area, George Payne, supported the group through donations.

Take a look at the gallery to see this day of community spirit, hard work and fun.

Orange Hill residents community cleanup

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