THE Subaru Owners Club of Jamaica (SCOJ) played their part in making the environment a better place by planting over 19 saplings at the National Tree Planting Day last Saturday.
"As a club, we were doing our part to help out the environment. A lot of people don't understand the importance of trees," SCOJ president Richard Panton told Auto.
Members of the car club took part in the tree planting exercise in Portmore's Hellshire hills, which is a forest reserve under the care of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). With the theme 'Invest in Tomorrow: Plant a Tree Today', volunteers were split into groups of 10 and were properly instructed how to plant as many trees as possible over a six-hour period.
Danae Vaccianna, UDC's event coordinator, herself a member of the SCOJ, was happy to have the club along.
"I'm quite pleased to have them here as they've proven themselves as able partners at previous events," Vaccianna said.
She also pointed out the importance of the reforestation efforts not only for the Hellshire Hills reserve but for the country as well. The area is home to the endemic Jamaica Iguana, along with various other indigenous and endangered species. Forests are also important in maintaining air quality.
National Tree Planting Day won't be the last community event for SCOJ as they are currently looking for a school to adopt.
"We'll be heading out in force for Skunk Nation's Drift Tuner Night on November 2," said Panton.