Walk Green 2018 Helps Plant Healthy Trees
LANSDALE PA – Money raised during a June walkathon, sponsored by BAPS Charities and which attracted support from the Lansdale area, was part of a $166,000 contribution delivered Friday (Aug. 24, 2018) to The Nature Conservancy that enables it to plant 300,000 trees over a three-year period.
The “Walk Green 2018” march of more than 160 volunteers through Nikesite Park in Chalfont, Bucks County, also benefited scholarships and educational programs in the Central Bucks School District. The June 9 walk, coordinated by members of BAPS Charities Warrington, generated significant personal and business contributions.
A portion of the walkathon proceeds was included in the presentation of BAPS Charities’ gift to leaders of The Nature Conservancy, which focuses on protecting habitats and preserving biodiversity across the world. Over the past three years, walkers from Bucks County and in 75 other, similar events across the U.S. have raised a total of $431,000 for the tree-planting effort.
Conservancy representative Chris Topik reported the Walk Green funds have helped replant longleaf pine trees that have a natural resilience to catastrophic storms, as well as shortleaf pine trees that promote rapid reforestation in areas that suffer from overdevelopment.
BAPS Charities introduces its walkathons as opportunities to instill a spirit of service and commitment to preservation and environmental responsibility in community residents. That philosophy has succeeded in Bucks County, organizers say, where its Walk Green fund-raisers have grown annually.
Photo from BAPS Charities