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One Eleuthera plans Earth Day celebrations

The One Eleuthera Foundation and its partners are gearing up to host a weekend of events April 25-28 honoring Earth Day. Events include Rotary Club social gathering, tree planting, Junkanoo and fun run in aid of the Cancer Society. 

Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013

OE LogoThe One Eleuthera Foundation and its partners are gearing up to host a weekend of events honoring Earth Day with the guiding theme: A Celebration of Earth & Partnerships.

Festivities will commence April 25 with the inaugural Eleuthera Business Outlook hosted by Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce held at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, followed by a social event in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Eleuthera.

On April 27, the Cancer Society of Eleuthera’s Fun, Run, Walk will be immediately followed by an Open House at the Cancer Society’s Wellness Center to raise funding for and awareness of cancer. This event will be succeeded by an Earth Day festival and celebration of renovations at Ocean Hole Park located in Rock Sound, which will include planting trees, swimming, a Junkanoo rush out and local entertainment.

The Ocean Hole Park is currently being refurbished thanks to the One Eleuthera Foundation, which successfully acquired a $25,000 grant from Seacology–an international environmental nonprofit organization–for the renovation of existing infrastructure, construction of an observation deck, gazebo and stage, and the purchase and placement of waste receptacles, safety features and highway signage.

These enhancements will make the Ocean Hole Park experience safer, cleaner and more enjoyable. In addition to funding from Seacology, One Eleuthera also received support from The Nature Conservancy and the Ministry of Tourism for upgrades to Ocean Hole last year.

The festivities will conclude with a Gospel Jam Session featuring local artists beginning at 3:00pm April 28 at the Eleuthera Arts & Cultural Center’s amphitheater in Tarpum Bay.

The One Eleuthera Foundation is a non-profit organization. It was founded to identify and invest in unique, high-quality projects that strengthen Eleuthera’s communities and further the economic, environmental, and social development of the island.

The foundation represents a gathering of professionals and organizations that share a commitment to a future that is built on the responsible development of our island’s many assets.

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