Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) on Tuesday donated 8,000 tree seedlings to Lilongwe City Council as part of their partnership in a bid to Beautify Lilongwe and fight environmental degradation.
Making the handover ceremony at the Lilongwe Civic Offices, on behalf of the BEAM Patron First Lady, Dr. Gertrude Mutharika, Violet Chinkono said the coal business of BEAM is to beautify the country at the same time bringing back the lost of glory of nature the country treasured in the past.
“The patron of BEAM made the donation to Lilongwe City Council as part of their partnership where they are joining forces to fight environmental degradation at the same time trying to make the city of Lilongwe look green and beautiful,” said Chinkono.
She added that the issue of climate change has hit the country so hard and that it is only necessary for people to plant as many trees as possible to avoid the floods that hit the country in 2015.
Chinkono then encouraged board of councilors who were present during the ceremony to plant the tree seedlings and take care of them so that they do not die a natural death.
In his response, Deputy Mayor for Lilongwe City, Councilor Akwame Bandawe acknowledged the continued support BEAM Trust renders to the Council and urged for continued support for the benefit of the City.
Bandawe promised to plant the tree seedlings and look after them, further challenging the BEAM officials to come back after two years to see the progress.
“Let me thank the First Lady, Dr. Gertrude Mutharika for her donation to the City Council, we as councilors we will plant these trees in all the designated areas and our wards.
“I am very thankful that there is political will in this country to fight environmental degradation and now it left to our communities to have the will to save their environment so that we fight this together,” he said.