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It is with a strong tinge of sadness that I step down from the position of Trees for Survival National Manager, effective from the end of September 2014. I am pleased, however, to be able to stay on as an advisor to the Trust.
By virtue of the expansion that we have undertaken over the past three years the role of National Manager now requires a full-time person to lead and guide this work; a level of involvement to which, sadly, I am unable to commit given other business commitments.
The opportunities ahead are exciting and challenging for 2015. We will have our first full planting for our 15 new schools whose establishment costs have been sponsored by Waikato River Authority; now businesses and service organisations are stepping up to support them with their ongoing annual fees from 2015. We look forward to reporting on the success of these schools, and other schools in the region, as we seek further funding for additional schools to join the programme next year.
Opportunities exist in other regions and with other partners; TfS is always ready to share its programme with like-minded organisations and invite further schools under the TfS umbrella.
TfS it is not about us; rather our sole focus is on quality outcomes through shared activity and the efficient integration of effort. The goal is to have even more children growing and planting trees for the immense benefit of society and the New Zealand environment. None of this can be achieved without the support of sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants alike. This combined willingness from the TfS family is what makes the programme happen.
I would especially like to acknowledge personally the great support that we have received throughout the past 23 years from Yates, thank you; and to recognise Daltons as our new supplier of potting mix and fertilisers. TfS is a wonderful opportunity for businesses wanting to raise their community awareness and participation whilst contributing to the wellness of our society and environment.
I look forward to maintaining contact with the TfS family, albeit from a different perspective and role; but most of all witnessing the good works that are achieved by the works of many.
As Stephen R Covey states in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “let us begin with the end in mind” and so be it for us as we Replant New Zealand.
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