- Annual hill-climb team aiming to help re-greening
- Target thousands of trees after 2017 fires
- Devastated Knysna looking at re-forestation
KNYSNA, Western Cape – The annual Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna wants to help raise money for the Eden Regeneration Project as part of a commitment to supporting the local community and environmental initiatives, particularly after the devastating forest fires experienced in 2017.
Knysna Speed Festival has teamed-up with non-profit organisation Greenpop which plants trees through urban greening and re-forestation while creating environmental awareness and generating support and participation through green festivals and workshops across southern Africa.
TRAGEDY FOR THE TREES
Ian Shrosbree, the event’s managing director, told The Corner: “It’s fantastic to be able to host the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in one of South Africa’s most beautiful coastal towns but it also comes with a responsibility to support the region with more than simply the business this event generates.
“The Garden Route is a spectacular and popular holiday destination but relies heavily on tourism. The 2017 fires destroyed a lot of the trees and vegetation for which the area is renowned.
“Accordingly, weve partnered with Greenpop to raise money for its Eden Regeneration Project with the aim of planting as many as 10 000 trees in the Knysna area during its ‘Regreen the Garden Route’ festival in June.”
The Hillclimb team has covered the cost of R120 per tree for each competitor entry in the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb and the money,the team says, has already been donated to the initiative to support the planting of trees in the Featherbed Nature Reserve and the Phantom Forest, each damage by fire.
The R120 donation covers the cost of the tree, all materials, logistics, planting and monitoring of the area.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…
Now the Hillclimb is asking the events competitors, spectators and sponsors also to support the project by making donations to buy more trees and by spreading the word to friends and family.
All funds raised will go directly to Greenpop.