Participants in the Mirrors Programme joined members of the Hamilton Lions Clubs of Bermuda with life coaches and community volunteers in a recent clean-up at Southlands Estate.
In a statement released this week, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator Kathy Lynn Simmons, congratulated the 33 Mirrors Programme for “continuing their 12-year tradition of exposing young people to the benefits of giving back to our community”.
A spokesperson said: “The purpose of the day was to clear natural debris, trash and abandoned furniture from the park, as well as pass on knowledge about the history of the park and the endemic and invasive plants and trees.”
Kim Jackson, Mirrors Programme Manager added: “Our service day is a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time with members of the community who are united with us to support Bermuda’s young people and preserve Bermuda’s architectural and ecological heritage.
“Only through the power of community can we preserve the finer elements of our heritage and pass them on to a younger generation empowered with the skills to protect them and bear them into the future.”
Sen Lightbourne particularly commended the young students “for taking time to give back to their community”.
She noted that since 2007, participants “have engaged in completing a service project”.
“I am pleased that this year Mirrors chose to partner with the Department of Parks to clean Southlands for the enjoyment of our fellow Bermudians and visitors.
“Our island home is world-renown for its cleanliness and beauty. As Bermudians, we take great pride in that fact and as we know it requires all of us to do our part to keep that stellar reputation. Thank you for volunteering,” she said.
Craig Burt, Acting Director of the Department of Parks added: “We are really passionate about maintaining the ecological heritage of this park and preserving it for the enjoyment of future Bermudians and tourists alike. We are grateful for the partnership of The Mirrors Programme for pushing this project forward.”
For more information about volunteering or enrolling your child into the programme contact the Office Manager for Mirrors, Nicola Paugh at at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mirrors office on 294-9291.
To find out more about Mirrors Programme and what it has to offer, take a look at www.mirrors.bm.