Carnival’s FUN Team, the line’s employee-based volunteer service group, has been keeping busy the last couple of weeks participating in a number of community projects, including collecting clothes and food for residents of Grand Turk who were affected by Hurricane Ike as well as a coastal beach clean-up in Miami.

            Based on extensive hurricane damage to the island of Grand Turk – which is home to Carnival Corporation & plc’s Grand Turk Cruise Center -  the FUN Team started a collection for those in need, with donations coming from Carnival’s Miami, Miramar and Colorado Springs offices.

            The FUN Team has been collecting numerous boxes of supplies, including water, food and clothes which are being routinely flown to the island. Fundraising activities, including a t-shirt sale and lunchtime barbecue at the cruise line’s Miami offices, along with a joint fundraising drive in partnership with the United Way of Miami-Dade, are also generating much-needed support for the island.

            The FUN Team also recently participated in a local community beautification project which involved a major beach clean up on Miami Beach. The team cleared the beach of broken bottles, cans, trash and other debris, filling dozens of trash bags and restoring a pristine appearance to this beautiful stretch of the Florida coastline.