PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The annual Tide Fresh Water Cup is kicking off today, literally. A football marathon marking the commencement of the sport segment of the community initiative is taking place at the Toledo Union Field in Punta Gorda town.
28 teams from within the Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment’s project region are taking part in this year’s competition.
This is the tenth year of the TIDE Fresh Water Cup and coordinator of the competition Norman Budna says that the objective is to get communities and schools involved in the management of our natural resources.
As part of the initiative, participating schools are required, at the start of the school year in September, to implement various environmental projects and if successfully assessed, then they are permitted to take part in the football competition.
According to Budna, some of the projects that were undertaken this year are small eco parks, fresh water streams preservation, reforestation, recycling, environmental awareness, waste management and organic gardening.
The football games will be played on a home and away basis and will rotate at the different schools from March until June.
This project is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and TIDE.
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