Members across Australia participated in local tree planting activities as part of National Tree Day 2018. Below are some images of tree planting and showing love towards Mother Earth in action!

Victoria Region

The Victorians braved the cold and took part in our regional service activity – Tree Planting at Belgrave. We were blessed to have the sun shining brightly and basking us in its warmth as we all got our hands dirty and immersed ourselves in Mother Nature. We had a turnout of around 60 members. Within a few hours, we managed to plant 600 trees. The planting was followed by a tour of the grounds where we were shown the trees planted by ‘Sathya Sai’ a few years back. It was truly a lovely day spent with Mother Nature.

WA Regional Tree Planting with SERCUL

On Saturday 21st of July 2018 WA region volunteered for the 6th year with “Men of Trees” and South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) to help undertake tree planting activities. This year the wet weather did not deter over 35 volunteers, who planted 1600 trees! The purpose of this tree planting location is to rehabilitate the wetlands and the Canning River region.

NSW Region

About 190 members across NSW came together on Sunday 29 July 2018 to take part in what was an energetic National Tree Day. Adults, Young Adults and SSE children came together to carry out service and further appreciate our beautiful environment, spread out across six locations in NSW. A total of approximately 15,000 trees were planted across the sites. Along with tree planting, there were bush care activities, educational sessions for children, and delicious vegetarian BBQs and refreshments. The activity provided a valuable opportunity to carry out Sathya Sai Baba’s work alongside various councils and the wider public.

In performing this service, participants truly understood the part they played in preserving Mother Nature; as one of our young adults shared, it was a “beautiful day in the sun amidst Sai Baba’s creation that filled me with gratitude for the playground Sai Baba has given me.” One of our SSE children also felt gratitude to the trees that “give us oxygen!”

No doubt, opportunities such as this to spend time with Mother Nature, share with Her our love, and learn from the love She showers on us will continue to help us practice expansion of our love. As Sathya Sai Baba has said, “Foster the tiny seed of Love that clings to “me” and “mine.” Let it sprout into Love for the group around you and grow into Love for all mankind and spread out its branches over animals, birds, and those that creep and crawl and let the Love enfold all things and beings in the world. Proceed from less Love to more Love, narrow Love to expanded Love.”