Wrapping the trees outside Outeniqua Stadium last year wwere from left: Buran Parks, Wayne Khan, Bevan Fortuin (coach), Clint Wagmann, Kurt Haupt, Lyndon Hartnick (back), Leighton Eksteen, Charles Radebe and captain Devon Raubenheimer.Photo: Myron Rabinowitz
GEORGE NEWS - The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) in George and Pink Trees for Pauline (PTP) have joined hands to protect the trees.
According to WESSA Eden Community Spokesperson Lynne Thompson, the risk exists that when the signature pink fabric of PTP is left on trees for months on end, longer than the permitted two months of September and October, the cold and damp south side of the bark of trees cannot dry out and insects, disease and fungus can result in the death of living bark which will kill the tree on the affected side or the entire tree.
Adri Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, managing director of PTP, implores the public to take part in the project in an accountable way by adhering to the permission given by the local municipality.
"Trees may only be wrapped during the months of September and October each year. By the end of October all fabric must be removed from trees. By doing so funds are raised for our cancer community and no damage is done to trees. We removed all fabric before the end of October 2015, but unfortunately the fabric was not removed from some trees wrapped on private property.
"The public is encouraged to wrap fences, gates, pillars, each other and trees, keeping in mind to do so in a responsible way. Pink Trees for Pauline strongly believe in empowering communities and contributing to a circular economy.
After the used fabric is taken down at the end of the project it is utilized in various practical ways i.e. the donated material is used by charities to create products to sell and raise funds. So please take the fabric down as soon as possible in order to donate still usable fabric," requests Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen.
Registered cancer organisations that want to embrace this project and join in the experience, must email email@example.com.
For more information about the 2016 Pink Trees for Pauline project please visit www.pinktrees.co.za and for the latest news visit the Pink Trees for Pauline Facebook page or contact Adri Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen firstname.lastname@example.org.
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