Tu B’Shvat, the ‘New Year of the Trees’ is traditionally seen as an ecological awareness day. Trees are planted in celebration and as long-term investment in the future. JNF SA collaborated with partners in Cape Town as part of their 75 minutes of environmental awareness campaign which they have launched for Israel’s 75th birthday celebrations this year.
The SAZF Cape Council, SAFI Cape Town, Cape SAJBD, WIZO Cape Town, and Bridges for Peace took up the JNF SA challenge on Tu B’Shvat, to plant trees and emphasise the importance of ecological sustainability. Prime Trees sponsored 12 beautiful shade trees and fruit trees which were planted to enhance Camp Joy and the work that they do.
Adam Kepkey from the Friends of Israel Parliament group had suggested Camp Joy as a worthy recipient of this tree planting initiative. Camp Joy, a skills development and restoration centre was the perfect organisation to partner with. The organisation does critical work with communities that are battling the scourge of substance abuse. It focuses on rehabilitation and restoration as a guide to quality of life, healthy living, and re-integration.
Ward Councillor Elton Jansen was present at the ceremony, and said a few words about the importance of environmental sustainability and how the rehabilitation of people can be linked to rehabilitation of the land.
We hope that these trees will grow tall, and provide shade and fruit for all who pass through this centre.
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