Ten days after Irene tore through Eleuthera there was still much to clean up in the North. Communities like Governor's Harbour, Hatchet Bay, Gregory Town, and James Cistern still face mountains of seaweed, sand, and other debris left by the storm. On Saturday, September 3, a small group of individuals from the Rotaract Club of Eleuthera, Rotary Club of Eleuthera, South Eleuthera Emergency Partners (SEEP), and the Cape Eleuthera Island School gathered in Governor's Harbour to help with the cleanup effort. Following a meeting with local government officials, the volunteers set out for James Cistern where they helped remove piles of seaweed from the Primary School yard and from the homes of residents. Organizations like Rotary, SEEP, and The Island School have worked together in the past to help the community, but never before in response to a natural disaster. By coming together to assist others the organizations are showing their commitment to the communities of Eleuthera.
"We brought a dump truck, some tools and a few good men to help out with the effort," remarked Josh Shultz, who works at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. "Hopefully we've made a difference by helping to remove some of this debris, and more importantly we want to send a message that we care about the community in which we live."