On the morning of 14th of October 2019, Interactors gathered in front of the main hall for what would be an unforgettable journey of fun and service. The Interact Club of Trinity College had planned to contribute to the reforestation campaign at Galpihilla State Plantations, helping with the efforts to save the natural habitat of Sri Lanka.
The troop of 35 conservationist Interactors huddled into the bus as they began their energetic, entertaining trip to Galpihilla State Plantations.
As the area marked for reforestation was little away from main road, our Interactors had the fun of travelling by the estate lorry, making it a memorable journey.
Quickly changing from school uniform to their work kits, the Interactors took the initiative to organize their work along with our staff advisor Mrs Agra Ratnayake.
The executive staff of the plantation guided us in planting. With the help of field staff and workers, the plant holes were already dug. The Interactors were able to contribute 180 towards the target of planting 1000 Eucalyptus plants in 2.5 acres.
The Interactors learned a lot during their planting – the lifestyle of the tea pluckers, and a crash course on history of the tea estate itself.
After a hard day of working the Interactors enjoyed a feast of a meal courtesy of the manager of the plantation.
It was a good day for the Interactors, helping to preserve the environment for a better tomorrow.
The Interact Club of Trinity College would like to pay their gratitude to the Manager of the Galpihilla State Plantations, Mr I. K. Tennakoon; Assistant Managers, Mr R. Marianu, Mr S. Somasundaraand; and field staff for providing this valuable experience and for the hospitality extended.
Review by Yadesh Mohandas (Asst. Secretary – Interact Club)