The Saipan Chamber of Commerce, through its Cash for Trash Program, completed two more projects this month to help keep Saipan beautiful by rewarding non-profit groups for their hard work.
The SCC Cash for Trash Program takes contributions from Chamber members and gives that money to groups conducting fund raising for their projects and worthy endeavors. Those groups, in turn, clean and restore areas on Saipan essential to our environment and to the tourism industry.
Last Sept. 15, the Pua Hinano Dance School of Saipan cleaned both sides of Beach Road from the Bank of Guam's Chalan Kanoa Branch to Mt. Carmel. The $200 earned by Pua Hinano will be used for their trip to the Guam Micronesian Island Fair showcasing the different cultures of Micronesia.
Last Sept. 22, the Rollers Basketball Club cleaned the entire Garapan Street roadway from DFS Galleria and Bank of Guam-Garapan Branch on Beach Road to the Bank of Saipan at the intersection of Pale Arnold Road. The Rollers Basketball Club sponsors six youth teams in the Rotary Basketball League, and their $200 from the SCC will go toward those entry fees.
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will be distributing one-page leaflets to all businesses on the two routes just cleaned asking those businesses, that have just benefited from the SCC Cash for Trash Program, to help Saipan by cleaning those roadways and sidewalks as did the non-profit groups.
Chamber president Doug Brennan stated, “We all have to do our part as a part of the same community. We don't look around and ask if this is the government's job, or does this responsibility belong to the business owner to keep the sidewalks and beaches clean. We know people litter because they don't feel as though it's their business not to, and we need to change that mentality.”
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce, the CNMI's largest business organization with its 170 members, was founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1976. (PR)