Saturday, September 24, 2011

SCB-IDF Tree Plantation Drive in Mumbai

Indian Development Foundation(IDF) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) have been partners in tree planation and environment protection work across India.

On 24th September 2011 IDF and SCB Partnership opened up a triangular mega event of Tree Plantation Drive in Mumbai, Ghaziabad and Chennai by planting 3500 saplings.

Malad Forest Reserve, Mumbai – 1500 saplings
Ingraham Institute, Ghaziabad - 1000 saplings
Sivanthi Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Chennai – 700 saplings.

A good number of volunteers drawn from SCB, IDF and social enthusiasts participated in each of these events.

Mr. Matthew Norris, Chief Information Officer – South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank highlighted the need for afforrestation efforts to gain ecological balance and better quality of life for the citizens. SCB has a pragmatic policy of encouraging tree plantations all over India and IDF partnership works well to gain wide coverage, he added.

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, CEO, IDF and Wg.Cdr.S.Balasubramaniam, IDF Social Ambassador emphasised the need for popularising afforestation efforts all over India by enlisting the support of corporates and educational institutions. Protection of environment is a sacred duty of every citizen and efforts should be made to get promoters for the cause along with volunteers in good numbers. IDF is happy partnering with Standard Chartered Bank on tree plantation drive all over India and with more enthusiasts coming forward, he welcomed a sea-change in the mindsets of people or caring for preserving green effects. More efforts of this nature are sure to catch up the imagination of people, leading to better results, they added.

NSS Volunteers from UPG College of Management and Vivek College of Commerce lent excellent support in organizing the event in Mumbai.

Planting of over 700 sandal tree saplings in Swaminarayan Gurukul International School in Hyderbad on Sept 17 marked the first major event in pan India operations on 17th Sept 2011. The last phase of the plantation will be organizing an event on 15th Oct. 2011 at Jade Garden, Sadahalli village in Bangalore where 1000 plants will be offered to the nature.


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