The students pledged to American University of Antigua (AUA)’s Phi Delta Epsilon chapter understand that sometimes the most valuable thing you can take with you is a bag of trash. Each semester, AUA-based members of Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE), a coed fraternal organization of medical students, organize an event as part of their community outreach activities. On the first Saturday in June, 40 PhiDE members gathered to show their appreciation to Antigua and its environment by cleaning nearby Jabberwock beach.

The most recent beach cleanup was a tremendous success with over 28 bags of debris collected. The cleanup also provided an opportunity for AUA students to get to know each other outside of the classroom setting.

Tara Bisoondyal, PhiDE Vice President for Community Service and Recruitment, reflected upon the unique nature of the role of AUA students in the beach cleanup. “What makes it special is that we as students can all work together for a common cause,” said Bisoondyal. “It is very beneficial because we are all in Antigua and this is a good way to show our appreciation to the island and at the same time save the environment. We are hoping that more people will follow our cause in the future and try to protect the planet.”

Following the event, Valentine Azih, PhiDE President, commented, “It was a good bonding experience. It allowed everyone time away from the work of school [and] to do something positive and productive. This event was a true morale builder.”