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Tree planting to recognise ‘incredibly generous community and their response to Covid-19’

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Katie Bennett, left, and Ann Spencer-Arscott, Association of Fundraising Professionals Bermuda co-presidents, plant a tree to recognise philanthropists (Photograph supplied)

The first tree has been planted as part of an annual initiative to recognise Bermuda’s philanthropists and the help they provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Bermuda recently partnered with the Bermuda National Trust to plant the tree in the Royal Naval Dockyard Cemetery in honour of AFP’s National Philanthropy Day.

Ann Spencer-Arscott and Katie Bennett, AFP Bermuda co-presidents, said: “This year, the AFP Bermuda wants to recognise our incredibly generous community and their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Over the past two and a half years, individuals, community groups, and corporate and foundation donors have stepped up to help our entire island face an unprecedented pandemic.

“From charitable donations to food supplies and volunteer hours to the work of local non-profits, we celebrate this year’s National Philanthropy Day honourees – everyone who has been working hard since March 2020 to support Bermuda.”

Myles Darrell, left, Head of Natural Heritage for the Bermuda National Trust, and Katie Bennett, Association of Fundraising Professionals Bermuda co-president plant a tree to recognise philanthropists (Photograph supplied)

Karen Border, executive director of the BNT, added: “As a local non-profit, we rely heavily on donations from many supporters, both private and corporate, in order to fulfil our mission to protect and promote Bermuda’s unique natural and cultural heritage for everyone, for ever.

“Planting a tree a year seems a most appropriate way to honour the generosity of the Bermuda community.”

AFP Bermuda invests in supporting the mentoring, training and development of professionals involved in raising funds ethically in Bermuda.

For information, visit https://afpglobal.org/

A close up of the plaque for the tree planted in recognition of Bermuda’s philanthropists (Photograph supplied)

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Published November 21, 2022 at 7:40 am (Updated November 21, 2022 at 7:40 am)

Tree planting to recognise ‘incredibly generous community and their response to Covid-19’

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