RUSVM Supports the Annual Coastal Cleanup for the Third Consecutive Year

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — As a part of its goals, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of animals and people in St. Kitts through community service. In support of this commitment, RUSVM recently donated 400 trash bags and 200 pairs of gloves to be used for the 2012 Annual National Coastal Cleanup. The event is organized by the St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Physical Planning and Environment as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Ms. Jodi Peeler, RUSVM assistant dean for external relations and communications, presented the supplies to Mr. Sylvester Belle, coordinator of the National Beach Cleanup from the Department of Physical Planning and Environment. RUSVM has supported the St. Kitts and Nevis Coastal Cleanup for the past three years.

“The issue of marine debris continues to be a major environmental challenge around the world. Whether we live along the shore or further inland, we are all connected to the ocean as it drives and moderates our climate and also is a source of much of the water we drink,” said Peeler. “Humans contribute to the trash accumulating on our shores and it is great to see friends, neighbors, family and colleagues making a difference by participating in the cleanup.”

RUSVM supports the event annually because of the cleanup’s positive impact in the community. Last year’s event had more than 300 students, volunteers and contributions from local organizations who participated in the success of the Coastal Cleanup. Approximately 1,795 pounds of debris was removed from local beaches and coastal areas.

“We look forward to the results from this year’s event,” said Peeler. “Supporting this initiative allows us to not only assist with improving the well-being of animals in our sea, but also our society as a whole.”

“We would like to express sincere gratitude to RUSVM for their continued support and commitment to protecting our environment,” said Belle. “Donating supplies is an important part of the cleanups efforts across the island.”

Ross University School of Veterinary has made various equipment and educational contributions in the Federation. The school offers citizens a free spay clinic for female dogs to help control the stray dog population on the island. In addition, the university has provided animal education classes to local schools, donated supplies and monetary funds to the Children’s Home, contributed critical care equipment to JNF General Hospital and created sea turtle awareness programs.

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