Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:51

Tree Planting Event 2010 - Dedications

a selection of the dedications attached to the trees of our new forest:

  • This tree is just for my family

  • To my mum who provided the cakes and to my dad who did nothing at all Sophia
    For the environment

  • I hope that pollution will stop and oceans will be protected David

  • For Terry, may it grow kind

  • For when we grow up we have a better environment Almond

  • From my family in Belgium to my family in Scotland and to my friends in Belgium with love

  • Because I love nature Phoebe

  • Omdat ik het van mijn mama moet doen en ik klim graag in bomen (because my mother said I had to do it and I like to climb trees)

  • Omdat ik wil helpen om de balans tussen natuur en mensen te herstellen. Daarnaast zijn bomen gewoon mooi! (Because I want to restore the balance between nature and humans. And just because trees are beautiful)

  • Omdat ik de opwarming van de aarde wil helpen en ook voor de vogels Alexandra (because I want to help with global warming and also for the birds)

  • Voor Knut Ena, 6 (Knut, the baby ice bear born in the zoo in Germany)

  • Voor moeder-aarde  - Emil, 10

  • Voor mijn over-grootmoeder, Mary Wartel (11/01/1915-02/03/2010) Emil, 10

  • Voor Mama, oma, Moeke en Ena (four female generations) Ena, 6

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:48

Tree Planting Event 2010 - Thank Yous

A special thank you to:

  • All people tall and small who donated trees and planted them together with us;
  • All the fundraisers and contact persons at the international schools and organisations for having done a tremendous job helping us with this event: Alison April, Caroline Gill, Donna McVicker, Felicity Dent, Ingrid De Decker, Joy Gillman, Kathleen Anderson, Kirstie Egner, Martina Bauer, Martine Foerter, Olga Danilova, Lisa Thauvette, Lisa Treadwell, Marcel van Ratingen, Michelle Brown, Paul Christmas, Sabah Siddiqi , Sarah Kapoor, Sarah Koghali, Tasha Byrne  and many others!
  • Everyone who sponsored the children from the Marollen, inner-city of Brussels, to come and participate at the event under the wings of Serve The City - Brussels;
  • Bert, Liselot and Lore of the Flemish forest association who gave us all their expertise, technical support and patiently answered all our questions and demands;
  • The director of UNEP Brussels, Olivier Deleuze, who supported Sunbeams and this common cause and was also present at the event to plant his own trees;
  • The land owner, Luc Vandermarliere, for realizing his childhood dream of converting his land into a forest forever;
  • The mayors of Linter and Tienen for their support of our event;
  • The Eastok choir for letting their magical voices be carried away in the wind, blessing all the new little trees and warming us in the cold;
  • Simon Dibb and Jean-Luc Onckelinx for putting their professional shoulders under the press coverage of our event;
  • The following Belgian nature organisations being present with their booths and willing to explain everything in English: Natuurpunt
    JNM
    Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen
    Imkerverbond Vlaams Brabant
    Bosgroep Dijleland-Gete
  • Our partners and lovely dynamic people of Reason2.be, Ben and Valerie, for selling their yummy Belgian organic apples and pears at the event;
  • The Embassies of Indonesia and Slovenia, as well as MO Group International for planting trees at our event;
  • The International Montessori School for sponsoring our event by offering their driver and shuttle bus to drive people back and forth from the train station of Tienen;
  • The sponsors providing free apple juice Tetra packs for all the children;
  • The neighbours for being so patient with all the cars and people invading their streets;
  • All the members of the Sunbeams team for their creative minds, their dedicated time, warm welcoming of people and their sponsoring and planting of trees: Alan, Alexander, Bogdan, Courtenay, Eli, Ellen B., Ellen H., Eva, Geoffrey, Henrik, Katrina, Kirstie, Laura, Lisa, Martina, Martine, Merritt, Morgan, Nickie, Nicole, Olga, Ronna, Sarah, Tamas, and ... especially Vanessa for all her hard work liaising warmly and professionally with all the international schools.

Thank YOU so much!

Ilke Pedersen-Beyst

Founder and President of Sunbeams

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Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:44

Tree Planting Event 2010

plant or pledge trees for this year's event
20 March 2011
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14 March 2010: we did it! our tree planting event (TPE) was a runaway success which exceeded everybody's expectations. Over 2,200 trees were planted.

A huge thank you to everybody who took part, contributed and made a forest appear in 1 day.

German TV channel ZDF came to record the event and you can watch their report online. (skip to 8 minutes 43 seconds for the sunbeams TPE report)

October 2010: Here are some photos of  the trees as they look now

Thank you people!!!!!!

On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank every child and adult who purchased trees and helped to plant for the planet with Sunbeams on 14 March in Neerlinter, east of Tienen (Belgium). Here you can read our special thank you list to all who made this possible.

You cannot imagine how heartwarming it was seeing all of you challenging the cold weather and turning the meadow into a forest in one day. Families and individuals, 12 international schools, 15 organizations, embassies and companies, people of all nationalities, Belgians and expats, planting side by side.

At the end of the day, all 2,280 personal messages waved us goodbye and we trust all of the wishes and dedications are heard and will reach their destinations.

You will find a selection of personal messages from children here. In our next e-newsletter, reports, interviews and stories will be told. You can follow us and give us feedback on our Facebook wall. And here you can find lovely photos of children, local mayors, the UNEP director of Brussels and school representatives planting trees. Please do not hesitate to share your own stories, messages, and pictures with us!

Our aim with Sunbeams is to show that every single individual, regardless of age, can make a real difference. Whether it is planting a tree or taking small steps in daily life, we can all make this planet a better place.

We invite you all to join us again next year when we will plant our next Sunbeams forest.  The event will occur again around the same date, but in a different place somewhere in Belgium.

We hope to see all of you again!

Ilke,
founder and president of Sunbeams

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