Firm observes environment day

Lae News, Normal

The National, Tuesday, June 7th 2011

THE  Dulux group of companies in Lae has observed the World Environment Day with a difference.
Instead of just the common tree planting and collecting rubbish in public areas, the company decided to also include painting classrooms of some educational institutions and have someone in the rural sector give talks on the life of people and their environment.
The observation day fell on Sunday but the company opted to observe it last Friday for the convenience of its employees.
The occasion which was observed at the company premises at Mangola Street near the main market, started with a talk on the people and the environment presented by Lukis Romaso, the general manager of Bris Kanda Incorporated, a non- governmental organisation (NGO) based in Lae.
Funded wholly by New Zealand aid, Bris Kanda is the rural enterprise development programme established for the Huon Gulf district with experiences in helping the people make good use of their environment both on land and sea, to help themselves. 
Representatives from three educational institutions in Lae, Huonville and St Martin’s Primary Schools and the Lae Special Education Centre, were also invited to give their   testimonies and thanked the company for providing free paints and also allowing some of its employees to help teachers and students paint their classrooms.
The company had provided four 44-gallon drums each to the schools for collecting rubbish. The drums were all painted green to represent the colour of nature.
Company employees performed a drama depicting how people destroy the environment and destroying themselves.
Five employees, including the general manager, Simon Vandestadt, planted five candle trees to mark the day.