Ian H.S. Riseley issued a challenge last year. He wanted Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world – between 1 July 2017, when he took office as president of Rotary International, and Earth Day, 22 April 2018. Clubs around the world have embraced that challenge, and in his travels this year, Riseley himself has often been asked to pick up a shovel.
Wynberg Rotary responded on to the call on 26 May 2018 and planted 11 trees and over 300 spekboom plants to beautify Fairmount Secondary School in Grassy Park. President Elect Elizabeth Danckwerts began organizing the project in August 2017 where members contributed trees and the club organised 300 so spekboom cuttings. Biffy then took time to plant and grow the spekboom till the winter rains came before planting the trees.
The tree planting was supported by the Fairmount Secondary Schools hiking and Environmental Club. Wynberg has over many years continued to invest in Fairmount Secondary where the school leadership has been instrumental in improving grades, seeing teachers trained and a new school hall erected.
This is surely to do with sustainable partnering between Rotary and the community. Rotary Club of Wynberg truly hope the future learners will enjoy the shade and beauty the trees will provide them in the summers to come.