GSK’s Orange Day Provides Halloween Treat for Jordan Lake
Taking advantage of perfect weather on October 31, a large group of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) employees returned for their fourth annual Orange Day of community service to help clean up Jordan Lake’s shoreline.
Nathan Rohner, GSK’s sustainability manager for the United States and organizer of the annual event, said, “Each year our employees look forward to a morning at the lake to do their part in restoring its natural beauty. It’s hard but visibly satisfying work to remove trash from the shoreline.”
About 75 employee volunteers wore their Orange Day shirts as part of GSK’s worldwide community day of service. Pontoon boats and operators donated by Crosswinds Boating Center, Jordan Lake Water Sports and the Army Corps of Engineers ferried them about two miles from the US Army Corps’ Visitor Assistance Center to coves along Wilderness Island.
During the cleanup, they removed about 360 bags of trash, 280 tires and an assortment of large items, including children’s plastic play furniture and a large rusty propane tank. To celebrate the fruits of their labor, they enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Corps' Visitor Assistance Center purchased by GSK from Angelina's Kitchen in Pittsboro.
We know that GSK employees at RTP have a choice for performing their community service and we are so pleased they again chose to work with us. The energy level of these volunteers is fantastic. In last four years, 350 GSK volunteers have participated. They have removed about 15 tons of trash and 800 tires.