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50 trees for 50 years – Oakhurst Insurance and friends “go green”

09 July 2019 Simon Phage, CEO at Oakhurst Insurance
The newly rebuilt learning facility at Heartland School.

The newly rebuilt learning facility at Heartland School.

Participants walking to the planting area.

Participants walking to the planting area.

Our arts theatre ladies getting stuck in! Bernadette Schaap and Joelene Saaiman.

Our arts theatre ladies getting stuck in! Bernadette Schaap and Joelene Saaiman.

The Oakhurst Insurance and Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre teams – Bernadette Schaap, Simon Phage, Kerry van Niekerk, Jolien Saaiman and Peter Grindlay.

The Oakhurst Insurance and Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre teams – Bernadette Schaap, Simon Phage, Kerry van Niekerk, Jolien Saaiman and Peter Grindlay.

Oakhurst Insurance CEO, Simon Phage, with one of the Greenpop participants.

Oakhurst Insurance CEO, Simon Phage, with one of the Greenpop participants.

Really exceptional tree-planting training!

Really exceptional tree-planting training!

On the 3rd of July, Oakhurst Insurance’s CEO Simon Phage and Managing Executive Peter Grindlay, joined their colleagues and community friends in planting 500 trees at the Eden Festival of Action, which took place at the Heartlands School of Self Sufficiency outside George. The event is a Greenpop initiative and aims at bringing people back to nature. People from all parts of the world gathered together to learn, connect, give back and get active.

Oakhurst Insurance decided to donate 50 trees this year to commemorate the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre’s 50th anniversary. Representatives from the theatre were also present with their general manager, Bernadette Schaap, adding: “The Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre would like to thank Oakhurst Insurance for including us in their quest of making this world a better place, and for taking the opportunity to donate 50 trees; one for every year that we’ve been delighting audiences”.

Fires ripped through the Heartland School of Self Sufficiency in 2017, a place that is a working example of sustainability. This year, locals, international visitors, and visitors from other parts of the country joined this Greenpop reforestation project, building on had been done 2018. The fires which blazed through the Eden District are the reason that Greenpop decided to host their three-week event there, and planting more trees was a vital response to the devastation suffered by the forests in the area.

Simon Phage believes that members of the Oakhurst Insurance family must holistically live their mantra, “We Really Care, We Deliver”. “We are excited to partner with Greenpop for this inspiring initiative, as we too believe in giving back. This is a great opportunity to really care for the earth,” said Simon Phage.

A lot of fun was had by all in attendance as they displayed their enthusiasm for nature and saving the planet. It was a wonderful ground-breaking experience, in more ways than one.

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