Tree Planting Event 2010

Written by Ilke and Sunbeams Team
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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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