The Rotary Club of Sandton has donated 30 indigenous trees to the Philena Primary School in Olivenhoutbosch. The Rotary Club of Sandton is made up of 22 members who volunteer their time and skills to help those in need. In line with Rotary International’s environment theme, Sandton Rotarians recently spent the day at the school where learners joined the Rotarians and planted 30 indigenous and fruit trees at the school, in partnership with Food and Trees for Africa. Food and Trees for Africa is a non profit organisation which addresses food security and environmental sustainability. The EduPlant School Gardening and Nutrition Programme focuses on schools, learners, and their surrounding communities. It develops school linked food security clusters in under resourced communities and townships.
Annemarie Hill, a member of the club, said, “We worked with Food and Trees for Africa to do the tree planting because we know that they work with schools that are vetted. “So we are sure that there is committed leadership, that the children are going to be involved and there is sufficient water that can sustain the trees.” As a part of the Rotary Club’s speaker programme, a guest from Food and Trees for Africa had highlighted some of the work they do. David Haddon, the incoming president of the club, said, “So often we’ll invite a person from an NGO to come and talk to us and we often say to them ‘tell us what you want’ and it allows us to consider their projects and get involved with them and that’s a great part of our speaker programme.”
Hill added that so much of their motivation for working on the projects is seeing the appreciation from the beneficiaries. “We really like to be hands on and involved with the beneficiaries and be a part of the project.” If you would like any more information or would like to contact The Rotary Club of Sandton, visit their website at www.sandtonrotary.org or follow them on Facebook.
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