Despite the incessant rain this year, the ‘Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day’ engaged just under 200 community volunteers to plant 10,000 native plants at Robina City Parklands in Robina.
Plenty of families and a lot of younger crowd too got stuck in the mud, putting their care for the local environment ahead of their cares to stay dry. Star of the show certainly had to be young Keenan Brabant who could be seen in his bright yellow raincoat – with green frogs on it – leaping and sloshing through all the puddles. Of course, his brother Patrick the Enviro Warrior delivered a fantastic speech about getting engaged in the Gold Coast environment, as did special guests Steven Miles MP and Councillor Herman Vorster.
Despite some of our stalls and live music having been cancelled, there was still some fantastic stalls and some native animals to learn about and to enjoy to a backdrop of pumping music. Did someone say 80’s mix? Toto’s Africa was surely heard at least once, as well as a few other rain related power ballads!
Without a doubt the day was a huge success, with all the plants getting in the ground well ahead of schedule. Nothing like a bit of rain to energize the community’s efforts. At first maybe some people tried to fight it, try to stay dry, but most left with mud on their cheeks, smiles on their faces, wet and cold clothes but surely warm hearts. One bonus, the plants did not need to be watered in on the day.
Thanks to everybody involved. You are a credit to the community!