HCM City - Tuesday April 16th, 2013- TRG employees and their family members had a one-day planting trip packed with exciting outdoor activities at Tien Giang-Ben Tre on Saturday, April 13th.
Early in the morning, 50 TRG members, their spouses and kids already gathered for the nearly 90-kilometre journey. After having breakfast at Trung Luong crossroads, the energised group enjoyed a local boating experience on Tien Giang River. We stopped at a total of 4 islets. At the first two stops, we got to sip tea with pure honey, savour home-grown fruits and listened to traditional Southern music.
The atmosphere was heated up when the group reached Tan Thach commune, where the famous Ben Tre’s specialty – coconut candies were made. Fifty participants were divided into 5 teams to compete in a coconut candy wrapping contest. Surely the best way to learn was to practice it with your own hands!
Afterwards, we headed for An Hoa islet, the final stop and also where the main activity took place. The group also travelled to the restaurant in style as we took turns to hop on 4-passenger boats. Satisfied with a lunch full of local specialties, we eagerly started our mission to plant 100 trees, including coconut and jackfruit trees. Again, the 5 teams competed to see which one finished planting their assigned 20 trees first, of course under the quality supervision of planting experts.
Vincent De Smet – Application Consultant at TRG – said: “My kid really loved to help with planting trees. I think the trip was a great opportunity to bond with families and colleagues, whilst enjoying the wonderful experience nature brought us”.
Tree planting is one of TRG’ annual CSR activities and this was our fifth trip. This event was in support of the World Forestry Day (March 21st), Earth Day (April 22nd) and Plant for the Planet – The Billion Tree Campaign.
Mr. Pham Hong Thai, General Deputy at TRG said: “Everyone had been looking forward to the trip and we thought it exceeded our expectations. It was a nice combination of different elements: nature, culture, fun, exercise and social responsibility. We’ll look at this one as a benchmark for future tree planting trips.”
Here are some photos from the day:
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