By Malawi Exclusive
Reunion Insurance Company Limited partnered has partnered with Lilongwe City Council and GLF Lilongwe Chapter for tree planting activity as part of fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility to support the Making Lilongwe Green Campaign which is being championed by the Lilongwe City Council.
Speaking during the ceremony before the events, Guest of Honor Councilor Chakakala Chaziya of Chinsapo 2 Wards who represented the Mayor of Lilongwe City Council said Lilongwe City needs more tree planting initiatives to protect the environment and beautifying the city.
He cited that the recent cases of floods in some areas within the city are as the result of wanton cutting down of trees in river banks.
He therefore uploaded Reunion Insurance Company who sponsored the event to continue supporting its agenda.
“We need to plant more trees to avoid these natural calamities such as floods,” He said.
On her behalf, Legal and Compliance Manager for Reunion Insurance Salome Mdala who spoke on behalf of the CEO, Dr Dorothy Chapeyama, thanked all stakeholders for coming to this auspicious occasion.
She said that their company believes that if you cut a tree, you kill a life.
If you save a tree, you save life. If you plant a tree, you plant life – Trees makes the environment cleaner and provides us with Oxygen.
She added that Reunion Insurance as an indigenous company serves the interest of Malawians, and it is persuaded that a little effort towards saving the environment is better than no effort. Mdala pointed out that this year alone the company has assisted Zomba City Council, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Lilongwe City Council for tree planting activities to the tune of three Million Malawi Kwacha. She promised to continue the support in the coming years.
On his part, representative of GLF Lilongwe Chapter Dr Emmanuel Chinkwita added that trees and forests plays an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change hence planting trees is one of the most important things to do to contribute to the health of the planet to aid filtering of air, drawing in carbon dioxide, breathing out of oxygen, filtering and regulating water, preventing floods and provides a hospitable place for animals to live; that’s why their organization saw it important to partner with Reunion Insurance Company Limited on this very important activity.
Members of the Association of the Environmental Journalists in Malawi including Mathews Malata were part of this tree planting initiative.
The activity which started with a big walk at Bwandilo to Edge Waters Court in Area 47/A4 has seen almost 1,000 Mibawa trees been planted along the degraded river line of the lingadzi River.
Reunion Insurance has promised to support the tree planting initiative each year not only for the beauty of the city and health of the planet but also to safeguard human dignity in a health planet. The company will soon clock 17 years of its existence has 11 branches across Malawi and its headquarters is at Reunion House formally Lamya House along Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre.