Canada World Youth lends a Hand

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Nov 1, 2013

Canada World Youth lends a Hand

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sugarloaf hikers and Robin Hood Bay are the immediate beneficiaries of yesterday’s 20 hours of labour donated by
ten international youth volunteers with Canada World Youth / Jeunesse Canada Monde.

Approximately 18 large bags of plastic sheeting, styrofoam, plastic bags, and other non-organic packaging materials mostly, were recovered from alongside Sugarloaf Path down wind of the Robin Hood Bay Landfill, in and under the trees lining our trail.

The visiting Canada World Youth team consists of 9 Canadians and 9 Ghanaians between the ages of 18-24. Saturday’s participants derived from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and from Ghana. After hiking north from Quidi Vidi, these energetic
young adults cheerfully got into our trash for two hours of serious clean up, with bits of sing-along on the side. Two hours and a noticeable impact, and the group carried on to the Ocean Sciences Centre and Logy Bay, completing their Sugarloaf Path hike before dusk.

Canada World Youth works in partnership with experienced local organizations towards sustainable health and environmental programs while forging global friendships and the construction of social capital. CWY has been around over forty years and has partnered in over sixty countries.

Our visiting Canada World Youth group heads to Ghana next month to volunteer on several sustainability projects there for three months.

They plan a fund raiser for Friday, November 29 at St. James United Church, 330 Elizabeth Avenue with music, dance, snacks, silent auction, fashion, raffle and more. Doors open 7pm, $15. admission

Thanks to Charles-Elie of CWY for initiating the clean up yesterday and thank you to the generous and spirited young people who took part.

Story and photos by J. Van Houwelingen

Proximity of the RHB landfill to Sugarloaf Path
Say NO to plastic bags sign (centre of left photo)
Non organic waste pollutes our earth and water
Canada World Youth team volunteers in St. John’s