The 21st of April 2017 marked the beginning of my educational journey of learning about the preservation and protection of the environment. In partnership with both Msinsi Albert Falls Dam and Msinsi Bon Accorde Resort, we celebrated International Mother Earth Day which initially is on the 22nd of April. The celebration took place in the Thokozani community which is on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in Greytown.

Albert Falls Senior School which is situated in that area joined us in talking all things about the preservation of nature and caring for Mother Earth. I was offered the opportunity to share the stage with some of Msinsi’s environmentalists whereby I specifically spoke about why Mother Earth is important and reminded the learners why we need to look after it.

The day was highly informative. I did not only plant 5 trees but learnt some techniques and skills of how to plant a tree. At first I was intimidated to share a stage with individuals that are rich with valuable knowledge, however later discovered that it is not about how much you know but your willingness and drive to step out of your comfort zone in order to be educated. Allowing someone else to lead and guide you. I become proud of myself for taking the initiative to be part of the fight to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.