If you have visited or walked the playa in Los Ayala this year, you may have noticed that the beach is very clean. Twice a week, for the past six months, a group of 30 locals have been raking the sand and picking up litter. This was initiated and is spearheaded by a local fisherman, Rigo Hernandes. Three teams of ten people – children, teens, men and women – take turns cleaning the beach every Monday and Friday.
They do this faithfully, as volunteers, and have not asked for anything in return. A few of the hotels, restaurants and local residents have supported the group by providing money for rakes, garbage bags, etc.
As a result of this effort and commitment, the beach experience for all visitors and tourists has been a pleasant one.
We wanted to let the local volunteers know that their work is valued. Recently, we approached friends and beach users, asking for any donations they would like to contribute to do something to thank the committee. An amount was gathered, and with Rigo’s assistance, it was decided to purchase food bags for the volunteers.
Yesterday after beach clean-up, the bags were distributed to each helper. All received identical amounts and items of dried and/or canned foods. Many thanks and smiles were given!
by Myrna and Kevin Field
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