On August 6, Mauritius declared a national state of emergency following a major oil spill by a bulk carrier on the southeast coast of the country. Since the disaster, there has been a tremendous response from Mauritian citizens to help contain and prevent the spread of the oil into the lagoon and shores.
To help contain the environmental disaster, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius employees, their relatives and friends volunteered to build floating fence booms. The owners of the resort organized daily ateliers to make the fence booms, which are constructed out of sugar cane leaves, straw, empty plastic bottles and fabric sacks. Colleagues organized transportation and carpooling to ensure volunteers were onsite at Anahita in Beau Champs to craft the booms.
“We are united as we are committed to protecting our nature and the environment, especially during this difficult time when our entire marine environment is at stake,” said Ricardo Ecumoir, a colleague who volunteered on the frontlines of the initiative. “We will continue to provide our endless support to the company, owners and authorities to mitigate this environmental disaster.
While the island is devastated by the oil spill, resort colleagues have shown acts of bravery and determination.
“It was inspiring to see our people taking action and coming together as one,” said Sabrina Sobrayen, assistant director of communications at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius.
With the volunteers’ relentless efforts, the oil is being warded off from approaching the beautiful beaches, pristine waters and nearby villages.