As part of their Arbor Month celebration, Barloworld Isuzu Johannesburg, East Run Cru Athletics Club and Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) planted more than 40 trees at Kabelo and De Bruyn primary schools in Katlehong on September 15.
The historical initiative between the three companies started at in Moseleki Section and later proceeded to De Bruyn Primary School in Moshoeshoe Section on the day.
This national tree-planting programme contributes to the development of greenbelts.
The partnership saw shade and yellow oak trees planted at the two schools.
East Run Cru also had a 5km run on the day to give back to the community of the area.
The run started at Kabelo Primary School and ended at De Bruyn Primary School.
More than 400 runners, including teachers and parents, participated in the run while 30 children assisted in the distribution of water and refreshments to the runners as they arrived at the finish line.
FTFA helped to demonstrate how trees are planted and also offered lessons about the importance of trees and how to take care of trees.
According to Jabulile Radebe, Kabelo Primary School principal, this was a fun experience for their school children.
“We are happy because in future we will have shade trees to protect our children during sunny days. I would like to thank Barloworld Isuzu Johannesburg for this initiative,” said Radebe.
Tony Moholi, general secretary of East Run Cru, said: “This fun run was our way of giving back to the community that supports their club.”
Marcia Mayaba, Barloworld Isuzu Johannesburg dealer principal, said it was fun to plant trees for their clients.
“It was our way of giving back to the community.
“The key driver of business is to make proper returns for our stakeholders.
“The bigger purpose is to be environmentally conscious and also know the social circumstances in your area of business.
“At Barloworld Isuzu Johannesburg, the awareness and focus are there.
“It was not only a pleasure but also humbling to plant these trees. We planted life for the next generations to come. These are our customers’ children,” said Mayaba.
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