Every year Zomba TREEZ buys tools, fuel and provides logistic support to the Zomba Forestry Department as well as tools for the football teams, the Zomba Tour Guide Association and for a number of other volunteer groups who help with the fires.
Zomba TREEZ also help to pay for fire breaks to be made and maintained on and around the Plateau.
This year, Zomba TREEZ will also help fund a number of watch towers on the Plateau so that teams can be alerted to fires faster.
Up until 2018 inclusive Zomba TREEZ has concentrated its tree planting on the south western slopes of the Plateau and in 2018/19 Zomba TREEZ has paid for the Zomba Tour Guide Association to create and maintain a tree nursery of indigenous trees on the Plateau and in 2020 is creating a whole new one by the Waterboard offices so everyone will be able to visit it :)
So far the race has funded a nursery of over 10,000 seedlings... and it is growing :)
For the past 5 years Zomba TREEZ has sponsored 2 local football teams: the Happy Hammers and the Berries FC. In early 2019 Zomba TREEZ started sponsoring the Happy Hammers Queens and they are now also sponsoring the Berries Sisters, both local netball teams.
In late 2019, we added Kasonga football and netball teams and in 2020 we have added Nankhunda FC and NC to our portfolio of environmental helpers :)
In exchange of the sponsorship the teams help with the tree planting and maintenance of the seedlings and also help with the any fire fighting if fires occur, and sadly, they normally do.
In 2018 Zomba TREEZ sponsored a local concert as a thank you to the neighbouring communities for their help with the project with the chiefs, Jonas (our Zomba TREEZ representative in the communities) and Tom (Zomba Forest Lodge) giving speeches about the importance of preserving the environment.
In 2019 Zomba TREEZ pushed the message further
with 7 schools writing a song each carrying an environmental message about not lighting non domestic fires, looking after water sources and the importance of trees.
Each song was sung at the concert and judged by local performing artists.
The winning song was aired on both Zodiak and Chanco radio.
In 2020, we are aiming for more schools and more songs:)