Mangaluru, Sep 23, 2019: Infosys Toastmasters Mangalore SEZ undertook a unique ’Planting a Sapling’ event to celebrate 10 years of its existence. This is one among 10 different activities planned by the club across 10 months to mark its decennial milestone.
’Planting a Sapling’ drive was kick started at the Infosys campus at Mudipu on 27th August with the planting of the first tree – a sapling of wild Jack – in the presence of Vasudev Kamath, head of Infosys Mangalore DC, who is also the club mentor. Speaking on the occasion, Vasudev Kamath congratulated the Club and wished it success. Event Organizer Renita Sequeira welcomed the gathering and introduced the event.
Anthia Dsouza from Human Resources, Veena Amrith from ETA, Wilson Jacob from Security, Vinaya Shankar from CCD, Sujith Kumar representing Prerana, Sreekumar from Facilities, Jyothy PS from Catering and Sangmeshwar Pujari from the Transport Department were among those present.
Subsequently, a team of volunteers undertook a drive to plant 40 saplings around Maryhill Helipad in Mangalore on 14th September. All saplings planted were of mango. This event was a collaboration with an organisation called ‘HumTum’, that primarily aims to improve lives at orphanages. Toastmasters member Shruthi arranged for this collaboration. The volunteer group comprised 30 people - Toastmasters, guests and the HumTum team.
The young eco-enthusiasts enjoyed shoveling the earth and refilling it with soil after planting a sapling. Each sapling was provided with a stick for support. Stones and bricks were also placed around the sapling to protect it from damage.
Yes, at the end, we had dirt on our hands, but a smile on our faces and the peace of doing our duty in our hearts–Indeed, a truly rewarding experience.
“Planting trees is not giving back to Mother Earth, but it our forgotten duty as a human being. May this spirit kindle within us always,” said a media release from Infosys Toastmasters Mangalore SEZ, “ Celebrating this milestone, let’s power towards making our Mother Earth a greener, cleaner and healthier place to live in.”