About 20 Kensington Hotel Saipan employees and 20 guests gathered Wednesday morning in Pau Pau Beach for an activity called “plogging,” where you pick up trash while jogging.
Lindsay Ahn, the corporate social responsibility manager and executive assistant to the CEO of E-Land Group said that Kensington Hotel Saipan employees are not new to volunteering for beach cleanups, but this was the first time they were joined by some of the hotel’s guests.
Four members of professional cheerleading squads of Korea Baseball Organization league—Kiryang Park, Jihyun An, Umji Lee, and Danbi Lee—joined Wednesday’s event, with the cheerleaders leading the group in stretching exercise at the beach in front of the hotel before going out to pick up trash.
The group cleaned along the shore of Pau Pau Beach and around the Pau Pau Beach Park, covering the total length of the course, which is about 1.5 kilometers.
“We hope [to make] this a frequent ritual. Tourists these days don’t just want the simple sightseeing; they want more interactive and meaningful experiences. They also care about the sustainability of the destination they visit. We are glad that we could provide the opportunity for them to truly appreciate the beauty of Saipan’s beach and be part of protecting it,” said Ahn.
‘Plogging’ is a term invented in Sweden back in 2016 and refers to the act of picking up trash and litter while jogging. It is a combination of the Swedish word “plockka upp,” which means “to pick up” and the English word jogging.