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Plant-a-tree campaign on the move

Samantha Rina
Sunday, September 26, 2010

WHILE many people welcomed Saturday as a day of relaxation or tending to chores at home, certain groups of people chose to spend the day planting trees with family and workmates.

One such group was the DHL Volunteer Committee which took to Joe's Farm in Colo-i-Suva to plant more than 100 trees.

Volunteer team member Romika Narayan said they had 75 volunteers, which included staff and their families.

"We had informed the Forestry Department of our intentions to do tree planting this year as part of our volunteer service and they helped us organise this event. We bought more than 100 hybrid plants at a $1 each and these were planted at Joe's Farm," she said.

She said they were also further educated by officials from the Forestry Department on why hybrid trees were important and how they contributed to increasing the density of forests.

"The first step for us was for staff to carpool so that everyone could get to the venue. After everyone had planted the trees we returned to the office where lunch was organised and served," she said. Ms Narayan said voluntary service was part of their company's annual activities and was a common practice in their international offices.

A similar event was organised at Holy Trinity Anglican School yesterday by staff of ANZ Bank. The tree planting exercises are aligned to the Plant A Million Tree Campaign being promoted nationwide.


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