Bank South Pacific’s “Go Green Clean Up” is an environmental initiative to help contribute to keeping Apia’s CBD township area clean for the Christmas and festive season.
In the lead up to Christmas, BSP Bank invited local schools, clubs and organisations BSP had supported throughout the year, to participate alongside staff, to pick up rubbish in and around Apia.
In executing the bank’s community value of the month – “We respect, value and support the communities in which we operate” – BSP staff were up in the early hours of a rainy Saturday morning, and brought the streets of Apia to life, with its annual Go Green Clean Up.
Groups were stationed at different starting points across town, and as they dispersed in all directions wearing brightly colored “Go Green” tees and caps, it was as if they were painting the town green.
The teams walked through the streets of Apia, only a few with umbrellas, and most braving the drizzling rain, filling up their green rubbish bags.
“Despite the weather, we managed to clean up the main CBD areas of Apia before the town got busy with the usual hustle and bustle of a pre-Christmas season. Shoppers noticed and stopped to congratulate while others beeped their horns as they passed by in support”.
Some of the Go Green participants demonstrated a real commitment to the cause, and went the extra mile. They were seen digging out rubbish found to be blocking the drains, and weeding grass growing on the sidewalks, including bushes and shrubs that were looking untidy.
BSP staff and participating schools and organisations then gathered for a heartfelt speech from Country Manager Taituuga Maryann Lameko-Va’ai, to thank and show BSP’s appreciation to everyone for their contribution.
The rain eventually stopped to end the morning on a high with group photos and breakfast.
Teams were seen posing for photos and selfies at the bottom of Apia’s iconic town clock, to celebrate and record memories of 2021’s Go Green Clean Up.
BSP acknowledges Marist Primary, 1-Touch Ministry, Samoa Cricket, Pualele Outrigger Canoe Club, and Xtremers Team for participating.
“All in all, what we set out to do for the day got done, mission accomplished”.