National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year more than 350,000 people from across the country will attend thousands of sites organised by councils, schools, businesses, communities and Toyota Dealers.
This year there is also a focus on the health and wellbeing benefits that getting outside amongst trees and nature can bring to children and adults alike.
“A new report, Planting Trees – Just What the Doctor Ordered, launched by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota shows that contact with nature helps increase academic achievement and reduce the effects of anxiety and depression in children,” says Planet Ark spokesperson Rebecca Gilling.
“Participation in National Tree Day is fun and community focused,” says Gilling. “It helps address important environmental issues like the loss of habitat for native wildlife, soil salinity and erosion as well as being good for individual and community health.”
National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota and its Dealer Network, which provides on the ground support at local community tree planting sites Australia wide.
This year, National Tree Day was held on July 29th. Our club comitted to attending the tree planting site and lending a hand. We got our hands and clothes dirty and planted hundreds of trees in the Heritage Forest Reserve. Well done, team!
The new Rotaract year has started well in regards to fun & fellowship. Rotabattle is continuing on this year, with three teams this time around. We wish Purple Pegasus, The Navy Seals & Mighty Morphing Flower Arrangers the best of luck in the various challenges and tasks that will no doubt be sent your way! Sara, our club service director, has also launched ‘The Mole’ in conjunction with our Rotabattle competitions. One member has been given this secret task with the aim in gaining extra points for their team.. but it will not always be an easy job. We’ve been told that sabotage and sneaking around is to be expected!
This month we have also seen the launch of Fellowship Friday. Fortnightly, our club has decided to meet in an informal way for after work drinks on a Friday, in hope of letting off steam from the week just been and also granting further opportunities for members to build relationships and get to know each other in a relaxed setting. The first Friday Fellowship at Alchemy was a huge success (see our members Re and Cas enjoying a drink in the picture attached), and we’re looking forward to the next session on Friday the 27th of July at Sporties Hotel. Please feel free to join us!