Keep Golden Isles Beautiful will partner with Up with People to host a marsh cleanup later this month.
The clean-up will be one of several events at which community members can meet and work alongside Up with People’s cast members. The international cast will be in Glynn County from March 26 to April 2 for its 2018 Live on Tour production.
The marsh cleanup will take place March 31 and will begin at 9 a.m. underneath the F.J. Torras Causeway bridges.
“With Up with People, we try to involve the community as much as possible in projects that meet needs in the communities we go to,” said Janne Van Doorslaer, a promotion representative for Up with People.
The cleanup is part of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s month-long Marsh Madness clean-up effort, which includes multiple opportunities for community members to help remove trash from the marshes.
“Up with People reached out to Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, which was very exciting for us,” said Lea King-Badyna, executive director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. “Then we brainstormed about a possible community service activity, and I mentioned the Marsh Madness cleanup and it all worked out for them to host a marsh cleanup.”
At the cleanup, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful will provide most of the supplies, including safety vests, bags, gloves and water. Participants are encouraged to wear boots and to bring sunscreen and bug spray.
Up with People blends music, social action and cultural exchanges into its annual international tour. As part of the program, the cast sets up community service projects in each community it visits.
“We knew that since the hurricane hit here, lots of trash was lost it the marshes here, and that’s such an important part of Glynn County,” Van Doorslaer said. “We encourage people to come and help us clean up.”
King-Badyna also urged people to come out and meet Up with People’s cast members.
“It would be an exciting opportunity for members of the community to work alongside the Up with People cast … It’ll be an opportunity like no other in the Golden Isles,” she said. “It’s also an opportunity for folks to come and to help keep our marshes clean and green.”
Those wishing to participate are asked to register beforehand by calling 912-279-1490 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will meet at the Back River Bridge northwest access road. The cleanup will last no more than two hours, King-Badyna said.
“We just need people to come and be ready to work,” she said.
The event will match the spirit of Up with People’s mission, Van Doorslaer said.
“It’s going to be very fun,” she said. “They can work alongside 18 different nationalities and get to know more about the world as they help clean up and do something for their own community.”
Tickets are also on sale now for Up with People’s show on March 28 at Brunswick High School’s gym.
Tickets for the show are sold at The Brunswick News, 3011 Altama Ave. in Brunswick, and the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, 529 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. Tickets can also be purchased online at upwithpeople.org/glynncounty.