Over 200 participants comprising soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR) and Garrison Support Troops, as well as some of the service personnel’s spouses gathered to spruce up a stretch of beach adjacent to the Garrison Officers Mess (GOM) in Mumong, Belait District recently.
With the beach adopted by the British Forces Brunei (BFB) via the ‘Adopt-A-Beach’ programme, BFB Commander Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Todd MBE led the clean-up in honour of ‘World Ocean Day’. The event was also run as a special commander’s physical training (PT) session. It saw a group warm up and ‘plogging’ session. Participants were divided into two groups to run 500 metres on either side of the GOM to work their way back while picking up rubbish.
Plastic pollution and the bioaccumulation of plastics in aquatic ecosystems pose a threat to both wildlife and humans, with unknown health consequences in humans.
The event hoped to inspire the local community to reduce, re-use and recycle.