On March 1, Key Club members from Lakshmi Girls Hindu College, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, were part of a group of 450 volunteers who participated in the 2009 Matura Beach Cleanup activities. The event was organized by Nature Seekers, a nonprofit, community-based organization that aims to protect and conserve endangered leatherback turtles in Matura on the east coast of Trinidad.
Cleaning Matura Beach is an annual tradition for Nature Seekers, whose goal is to remove plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam and metal so the turtles can safely inhabit the beach during nesting season (March-September).
“I love turtles and we, as a group, wanted to help save them, so we decided we would join a beach cleanup,” says Shelisa Mohamed, club president. “It was a very successful project and we enjoyed it.”
The Key Club invited other clubs at the school to join them, organized transportation for students, printed T-shirts for members to wear and invited parents and teachers to join too. Thanks to the club’s hard work, they won a computer for being the largest group at the cleanup.
“The most satisfying part was that we got to be a part of the beach cleanup and we had a lot of fun—although it was hard work,” says Mohamed.