Thank you to our Corporate Partner, Ogier, for generously sponsoring the freshly baked pizzas, cold drinks, event raffle prizes and complimentary tickets for Les Amis' residents, service-users, their families and support workers. Together, with Ogier's generous support - we were able to make this event even more fun and inclusive!
We very much enjoyed having the Ogier team join the Les Amis community in clearing one of Jersey's most popular beaches of detritus and, importantly, microplastics - with the aid of Plastic Free Jersey's filtration machine, affectionately dubbed, The Nurdle-ator!
Sheena Brockie, Founder of Plastic Free Jersey, remarked: “Our beaches look clean but even here, plastic and other items can build up so it’s important that we all play our part in removing what we see. The Nurdle-ator is a really useful way of showing people how much hidden plastic there is on our beaches and in the marine environment as it sifts the plastic from the sand and pebbles. Nurdles, which are about the size of a lentil, collect in the sand and we use the machine to show people what’s under their feet every time they visit the beach. We love working with Les Amis and I hope islanders come out and help us keep St Ouen’s Bay clear of plastic and other rubbish.”
Nicola Carroll, Ogier’s CSR Manager, added: "We're thrilled to support Les Amis in this fundraising beach clean that brings islanders and the charity's residents, services users and support workers together to do something meaningful in our community. We're fortunate in Jersey to be surrounded by beautiful beaches and it's important that we all help to preserve our natural resources and protect local marine life. We hope that the event not only contributes to the efforts of the Marine Conservation Society’s Big British Beach Clean Week, but also raises much need funds for Les Amis who provide exceptional and essential services to adults in Jersey with learning disabilities."
Shaun Findlay, Managing Director of Les Amis, said: “Beach cleans are a fantastic way to bring people together and I am delighted that through the support of Ogier, some of our residents, services users and their family and support workers will be able take part. Sustainability is a core part of our charity. Some of our residents and service users are members of our oil recycling team. Our sustainable social enterprise offers them paid employment for collecting used cooking oil from hospitality businesses which is then filtered and sold on to make biofuel. I hope that as many islanders as possible support us and make an evening of doing their bit to keep Jersey’s beaches clean.”
Les Amis Limited Registered Charity No. 232 | LA Incorporated No.231 | Association of Jersey Charities Number: AJC 113