In just 3 hours, 15000 trees were planted by Nest Egg Foundation during their unique tree planting event called ‘Malleebound’, in Western Australia.
The goal was to plant 15000 trees, as part of National Tree Day, to build a wildlife habitat for the endangered Malleefowl and other threatened species. And, to inspire the young to continue the great work of conservation volunteers gone before. Over 100 people attended the event, with attendees averaging in their early 20’s.
The enthusiasm generated during the event was remarkable. Of interest to all NGO groups, is that what Malleebound demonstrated, is just how enthusiastic the young are to get involved in protecting Australia’s biodiversity.
Nest Egg Foundation’s (previously Malleefowl Preservation Group) CEO John DeJose remarked that, “while many NGO’s struggle to attract the young, what we have shown is that it is not the young who are at fault, but us oldies for not responding to their needs”.
Addressing the needs of the young for Malleebound was organiser Helah Milroy, whose dedication to giving the young peak experiences in nature inspired a truly unique event. Community spirit was high as attendees embraced the delicious meals cooked by volunteer staff and the many activities on offer. Including, Indigenous knowledge sharing and welcome to country, a silent disco under the stars, music around the campfire, massage and meditation, all made extra special by the stunning views of Stirling Range Retreat.
It is clear that, with its focus on the intersection of people and the environment across generations, Nest Egg Foundation is an environmental group with a difference. Spanning community, culture, environment, arts and health, it is a way for people to have a richer life and to make a real difference in the world.
Knowing that the restorative power, joy and fulfilment of being in nature and community are the building blocks of any healthy society, Nest Egg Foundation aims to reverse the trend of our increasing disconnection from nature - to pass on to our children and grandchildren, a healthier, happier life sustained by positively engaging with the environment and society that is their birthright.
Malleebound was just the beginning. With so much work to be done within the environment and also within the communities, Nest Egg Foundation continues to invite people to join them, get involved and to take action today.
‘There are no limits to what can be achieved when communities work together to do what needs be done’, concluded Helah Milroy.
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