Emma Hippolyte organised a major clean up of the community of Palmiste in Soufriere on Saturday.
“What we did as part of our walk around in the Palmiste area, I noted that they really needed to clean up the community,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) candidate for Soufriere explained.
Hippolyte told St Lucia Times that she spoke with the people of the area, including the young men, about cleaning up the area and they supported the initiative.
She disclosed that some 25 children and about 30 adults took part in the exercise.
“I took responsibility – I bought the bags, we bought the gloves, we bought the drinks, we did the cooking for them and we got it going,” Hippolyte explained.
She said the clean up exercise ,which lasted from about 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, made use of tools from her farm.
“We attempted to de-bush the place, pick up the plastics and so on,” Hippolyte stated.
She asserted that the challenge now is to ensure that the area remains clean.
“That is the challenge that we have in Palmiste,” Hippolyte declared.
Hippolyte said she has started a conversation with residents about a committee to engage in a monthly clean up.
She said the matter of hygiene is especially important now in view of the situation of COVID-19.
Hippolyte said she was pleased with the turnout.