MUSCAT: OHI and Interserve Employee Foundation recently organised a ‘Beach Clean-up Drive’.

Starting with an introduction to OHI and Interserve’s commitment to sustainability and a comprehensive safety briefed by David Westwood, operations manager. RMD Kwikform, 16 teams of ten individual from 12 participating companies (Douglas OHI, TOCO, Oman United Exchange, Budget, OHI Marine, OTI, G4S, OHI Advertising, OHI Electronics, Applus, RMD Kwikform, Drake and Scull) set off to their allocated area of Shatti al Qurm beach armed with plenty of drinking water, together with bin bags, rakes, shovels and wheel barrows.

“‘Give a Day of your Time’ comes to Oman as part of our commitment to the community and to see so many willing helpers here today is very encouraging,” remarked Ian White, defensive driving manager, OTI.

Low tide and the hot afternoon sun made hard work of the task, but all worked ceaselessly to ensure their section was left spotless by 5pm. Sami Razek, TOCO project manager (transport and logistics), said, “It was a fantastic afternoon which was well organised and in which everyone felt a lot was achieved.” He added, “It was brilliant motivation to see all Interserve and OHI companies working together as one team.”

Most of the clean-up centered in the areas under the palm trees at the top end of the beach with some of the most common items found being cigarette butts, ring pulls from soft drink cans, plastic bottle tops, discarded plastic and paper wrappers.

A number of lorries carried away dozens of bin bags, leaving behind a pristine beach for all to enjoy and hopefully consider using in a more responsible and sustainable way.

Vinod Iyes, credit controller at Budget clearly enjoyed his afternoon, but made a valid comment, “If everybody did a good job by cleaning up afterwards, we wouldn’t need to be here.”

Aaron Hennessy, general manager, Douglas OHI closed the event by praising the work of the 180 group employees present, adding that the ‘municipality clearly appreciated the efforts of everyone and it was also good to see members of the public joining in’.

Oasis supplied the volunteers with refreshments and food by Socat while the T-shirt prints were provided by Hadab al Saqla Trading.

The committee was led by Marilyn Alvarez, project/admin manager, RMD Kwikform and IEF ambassador Oman.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily