Project plants seeds for future

2018-01-24 06:00
Some of the Nicro safety ambassadors who took part in a tree-planting ceremony at the Kidz Care Trust Child and Youth Care Centre in Roodewal on Friday (19/01). From the left are Lehlohonolo Motshabi (Nicro), Mapuleng Sekese (Hodisa Technical Secondary School, gr. 11), Marita van Kraayenburg (programme manager: Kidz Care Trust) en Tenono Masiso (Kidz Care Child and Youth Care Centre).Photo: Lientjie Mentz

Some of the Nicro safety ambassadors who took part in a tree-planting ceremony at the Kidz Care Trust Child and Youth Care Centre in Roodewal on Friday (19/01). From the left are Lehlohonolo Motshabi (Nicro), Mapuleng Sekese (Hodisa Technical Secondary School, gr. 11), Marita van Kraayenburg (programme manager: Kidz Care Trust) en Tenono Masiso (Kidz Care Child and Youth Care Centre).Photo: Lientjie Mentz

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Representatives of Nicro’s Safety Ambassador Project have participated in a tree-planting initiative, a project aimed at beautifying the environment. It was undertaken at the Kidz Care Trust Child and Youth Care Centre in Roodewal, Bloemfontein, on Friday (19/01).

Marita van Kraayenburg, programme manager of the Kidz Care Trust, which delivers developmental services to children on the streets of Bloemfontein, is very excited about the project.

“Planting a tree symbolises growth and development,” she says.

“A small tree, with the necessary nurturing and care, will develop into a big tree providing shade and comfort for many people. Just like a tree, young people also need nurturing and care to develop into responsible adults,” says Van Kraay­enburg.

Some of the children of Kidz Care took part in the planting of the 25 indigenous trees that were donated by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Lehlohonolo Motshabi of Nicro explains that the safety ambassadors are 131 learners from four schools across Bloemfontein. These schools are the Louis Botha Technical High School, the Hodisa Technical High School, the Kopanong High School and the Moemedi High School.

He says the learners are trained in dealing with drug abuse, gangsterism and bullying to equip them with skills to cope with crime and gangsterism in their schools and communities.

Motshabi says plans are afoot for maximising this tree-planting project, taking it further.

He says this will see trees planted at all four schools.

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