Alex Lim, Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism student, writes about a tree planting project carried out by the UC Student Volunteer Army, UC staff and community members as part of the Serve for NZ Anzac Day initiative.
Legacy. A century from now, most of us will no longer be here. In a millennium, only the names of the famous and infamous will remain. As we venture on our lives facing inevitable death, what legacy do we leave behind?
Teachers teach. Preachers preach. Politicians serve and lead. Many spend their entire lives hoping to leave behind a legacy. Some, like UC students, staff and community members mobilised by Student Volunteer Army, simply planted trees as part of the nationwide Serve for NZ campaign. Trees, the fruit baskets of this fragile eco-system in times of climate change, consume carbon dioxide for as long as they endure. Native trees like Matai and Kahikatea could live beyond 600 years while Totara could be around for 2000 years.
As they shovelled the soil and planted 2000 of these native seedlings at Tūhaitara Coastal Park, I wondered how many of them stopped and visualised the legacy forest they leave behind. All in a Saturday morning. Just by planting trees.
Under the guidance of lecturer Tracy Clelland, Canterbury University’s HLED122 class organised the Allright? Amble event on Sunday 4 October, in conjunction with AllRight?, Mental Health Foundation, Christchurch City Council and the WALKING festival.
The ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ (Take Notice, Give, Connect, Be Active, and Keep Learning) were the basis for the AllRight? Amble. With a station for each of the ‘5 Ways’, each stop was dedicated to activities that bring families together and were designed to teach people simple ways to enhance their mental wellbeing.
With over 500 people in attendance, all families enjoyed spending time with each other in the sunshine and commented on how fun it was to connect with each other.
The responses from 451 participants overwhelmingly identified how hard working the students were and how their positive and friendly approach made it an outstanding family day.
The AllRight? Amble will again be part of the HLED122 course in 2016. For more information on the AllRight? campaign visit www.allright.org.nz.