AMERICAN shutters® participated in the Food and Trees for Africa’s (FTFA) annual Arbor Day tree planting initiative last month.  However, in addition to the FTFA’s list of schools/beneficiaries we decided to do a planting at another special school. We chose Merrydale Primary in Mitchell’s Plain, a school attended by the children of some of our staff members. The school was delighted to be the beneficiary of 25 trees.

AMERICAN shutters was represented on the day by Quanita Edries, Nicholas Pink, Mervin Engelbrecht and Charl Jacobs. Mervin and Charl are both parents of learners at the school so it was especially special for them. We were warmly welcomed by the school principal, Trevor Dilgee and enjoyed two little performances by the learners of the school, after which we proceeded to plant 5 of the 25 trees.

“The ceremony was very cute!” says Quanita Edries. “We then all earnestly watched as Melissa Andrews from FTFA gave us a tree planting demonstration and highlighted ways to care for our environment while teaching us to plant a tree correctly. After a while we were all planting trees with not much assistance!”

AMERICAN shutters has enjoyed a long partnership with Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), the first South African social enterprise with a strong focus on environmental and global warming education and awareness.

When it comes to preserving our future and ensuring vulnerable resources are protected and sustained, AMERICAN shutters is taking an active role in the fight against climate change. “In order to counteract climate change we need to actively renew our sustainable resources” says Karina Palmer, marketing director of AMERICAN shutters.

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