The Dialysis Unit of the Commonwealth Health Care Corp. hosted a beach cleanup at Paupau Beach yesterday, participated in by both staff and dialysis patients.
According to the Dialysis Unit social worker Bridget Mahoney, the cleanup is a collaboration with the Marianas Visitors Authority and is part of the MVA’s “Trash for Cash” program, where a company/organization is assigned an area to clean and the company will be given cash in exchange. Many organization’s use the program to raise funds.
This is the unit’s first ever participation in the event and Mahoney hopes that this becomes an annual event. “This was a test run to see how many participants we have and it’s been a good showing,” Mahoney added.
According to Mahoney, there were at least 20 participants and that she was intrigued by the amount of patients and staff that helped out.
The proceeds collected will be used as incentives for the dialysis patients and other events for the patients.
The unit hopes to participate in more events like this.
Patients who participated were also happy to be part of the cleanup. “I am glad to see that, although we as dialysis patients are going through diabetes, we are going out and helping the community,” a patient said.