In a bid to instill a conservational spirit among young people, Old Mutual Malawi Limited engaged pupils from Makhetha Primary School in a tree planting exercise on Wednesday.
According to the group Chief Executive Officer for Old Mutual, Edith Jiya, the company plans to plant 10,000 trees this year.
Jiya revealed that one of Old Mutual’s areas of focus this year is community transformation.
“As Old Mutual, we are a responsible business and one of our areas of focus, is community transformation. We recognise the fact that with a growing population, resources are scarce and they can only be brought back by planting trees”, she articulated.
The insurance company planted a thousand indigenous trees and the Group CEO further revealed that they will plant 9,000 more trees in different schools around Blantyre.
Also present at the function was the National Chairperson for Wild Life Environment Society of Malawi (WESM) Tionge Gawa who expressed gratitude to Old Mutual while emphasizing the importance of trees.
She described it as encouraging that the corporate world is contributing to conserving the environment.
“Trees are very important for fresh air, medicine and home of wild animals so it encourages us a lot to see big companies like Old Mutual coming in to help,” Gawa explained.
In her speech, the Head teacher for Makhetha Primary School Thokozile Kamwachale pledged commitment to taking care of the trees.
She encouraged other companies to emulate Old Mutual’s deeds, in a bid to conserve the environment.
She said, “We are very appreciative because the trees will not only beautify the school but also protect the school from heavy winds and soil erosion around the school campus.”
The event was also graced by students from Nawotcha Primary School and St Kizito Community Day Secondary School.