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Clarendon high schools team up to cleanup

Fat Skull (front, third right) and Garvey Maceo students are all smiles after a successful school clean-up.

Kareem LaTouche, Youthlink Coordinator

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, eight schools across Clarendon participated in the first staging of the parishwide Clarendon Clean-up, hosted by Davina Bennett in partnership with Wisynco Eco.

The initiative was conceptualised by Davina Bennett, the newly appointed lifestyle and wellness ambassador of Wisynco Group Ltd, and Wisynco Group Ltd, in an effort to promote a cleaner Jamaica, with the flagship event in Clarendon, her home parish. The event was aimed at assisting persons within Clarendon to become more environmentally conscious by making recycling fun and achievable.

The clean-up involved more than 1,000 students from eight schools across Clarendon, including Glenmuir High, Garvey Maceo High School, Vere Technical High School, Knox College, Denbigh High School, Lennon High School, Clarendon College and Edwin Allen High School.

Henry teamed up with fellow WATA brand ambassador and comedian Fat Skull to lead four schools each in community clean-ups and bottle drives. The teams faced off to see which could collect the most plastic bottles at the end of the clean-up. Team Fat Skull emerged victorious at the parish-wide drive with more than 81,000 bottles collected. Vere Technical High School collected the most bottles, 32,000, emerging as the winning school. The winning team won bragging rights and VIP access to the post-cleanup concert. 

Overall, the schools collectively brought in more than 120,000 bottles on the day. Wisynco brand ambassadors Davina and Fat Skull led the schools to Empowerment Park at the Juici Patties location in Clarendon, where the day came to a close with a post-clean-up event. The students were treated to an afternoon of fun, food and entertainment as host Badda Bling engaged them in several competitions, including dance battles, a pattyeating contest, and the Recycling Plastic Feels Fantastic DJ competition.

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