At the end of each year, as a gesture of goodwill and being responsible, we at Futuregrowth make a donation to a worthy cause on behalf of our clients.
Last year we decided to donate 250 trees to seven rural schools in Limpopo, through the Food & Trees for Africa non-profit organisation. The 80 fruit trees and 170 indigenous trees were delivered along with 63 bags of compost and planted at the beneficiary schools – just prior to the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The OECD calls 2020 “the decade to address Green Growth” and goes on to say “As the world focuses on strategies to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, green and inclusive policies should be a cornerstones of the economic recovery.”* As such, the gift we selected turned out to be even more meaningful than expected. The 250 trees planted will offset 92.25 tonnes of CO2 over their 40-year lifespan – thereby supporting a more sustainable and lower carbon future for us all.
The beneficiary schools were carefully selected by Food & Trees for Africa based on their need for trees and enthusiasm for planting and maintaining the trees, amongst other criteria. The organisation will return to the schools over the months and years to come, and anticipate seeing healthy trees providing fruit, shade and beauty in these areas, where this is much needed.
The words of School Principal Mr LJ Matlala in one of the many thank you letters sent sum up the immense gratitude expressed by the recipients: “Your donation has added value to our school as far as caring for our environment and cleaning the air we breathe are concerned.” Receiving this news gave us a reason to smile in these difficult times!