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|Subject: Miss Earth Bahamas 2011 Kerel Pinder: Pi Upsilon Omega members of Alpha Kappa Alpha plant tree for Emancipation Day|
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Date Posted: Mon, Aug 01 2011, 22:01:20
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Picnics on the beach, swimming in the pool, back yard bar-b-ques and simply napping and doing nothing, are the standard activities that most Bahamians indulge in as they celebrate the last public summer holiday in our society ‚Äď Emancipation Day/August Monday. Members of the Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter of the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, decided that this Emancipation Day should be different. These women and their children saw the need to tackle the battle of ‚Äėnon-community‚Äô that is sweeping the nation. Therefore this group, decided to respond to the request put forth by Philip Simon and the entire ‚ÄėWE THE PEOPLE‚ÄĚ movement and committed to planting a tree in an area that would be enjoyed by all on the island of Grand Bahama.
‚ÄúThe goal today was simple, we aimed to make this tree planting initiative, our first green initiative for the year, an exercise about community building in a practical way that enhances our environment, while providing an opportunity to share global education with our kids on ways to fight climate change, reduce our dependence on nonrenewable resources, while supporting the environment ‚Äď all this taking place, because of the planting of just one tree,‚ÄĚ expressed Chapter President, Anya Valdes.
The newly crowned Miss Earth Bahamas, native of Grand Bahama Island, Kerel Pinder and daughter of Sorority Member, Joyce Pinder, joined the efforts put forth by the group to aid in the planting of the tree. ‚ÄúTree planting is a simple way for anyone to do some good for the environment. The planting of this Neem tree, because of its medicinal qualities will improve and protect, not only the quality of resources found on Grand Bahama Island, but also the quality of life that exists on the island.‚ÄĚ
The Neem Tree is planted on East Mall Drive on the median South of the RND Circle. Valdes shares that today was a community effort and thank yous are extended to several partners that made the event possible. Members of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited for selecting the site for the tree to be planted. Mrs. Anna Valdes a homegrown native horticulturalist, who donated the Neem tree from her back yard and The DeGregory Team of Dapl Farms who donated over 20 gallons of soil and mulch. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important that the community is involved again ‚Äď helping to develop, protect and reconnect with an area that has played an important role in development of our island‚Äôs history,‚ÄĚ explained Desmond DeGregory, proprietor of Dapl Farms.
This is the first of several Green initiatives scheduled to take place throughout the island. With the sorority‚Äôs mission to ‚Äėserve all mankind‚Äô, members understand that today‚Äôs event best represents a Chinese Proverb which states: One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade.
Members of the Sorority encourage and invite citizens and members of all organizations on the island to join forces to execute all community outreach initiatives. The women of the Pi Upsilon Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority believe that everyone plays a role in making our island, and by extension our nation, a better place for all humankind.
Photo 1: Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Miss Earth Bahamas plant Neem Tree on East Mall Drive: (centre, bottom) Anya Valdes, Chapter President; (centre, top) Kerel Pinder, Miss Earth Bahamas. From left to right: member‚Äôs son, Morgan Hanna along with Sorority members: Theresa Brooks, Tanisha Tynes, Eleanor Lewis and Alexandria Bowe.
Photo 2: Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Miss Earth Bahamas plant Neem Tree in response to ‚ÄėWE THE PEOPLE‚Äô.
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