POSTED: July 28th 2010
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Senegalese children latest to plant WOA trees project -- on the African continent

Amadou DiaBa with his one of tree 'pupils' / WOA
Amadou DiaBa with his one of tree 'pupils' / WOA

Two Senegalese chidlren concentrate on their ground work / WOA
Two Senegalese chidlren concentrate on their ground work / WOA

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

DAKAR: Trees are growing on behalf of the Olympic ideal in Senegal now after the latest extension of the WOA Kids4Trees partnership which was launched by the World Olympians’ Association in the United States earlier this year.

The latest ‘Olympic orchard’ was planted after the Youth Olympic Flame was brought to Dakar and on to Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on its way to the Youth Games in Singapore.

The Flame was carried through the Maison des Esclaves, an 18th-century historical museum, before more than 100 local Senegalese children planted trees as part of the WOA Kids4Trees Flame Festivities for the Youth Games.

Amadou DiaBa, an Olympic silver medallist and WOA executive member, helped lead the planting and instruction on the importance of caring for the environment. Steve Redner, the Kids4Trees executive director, showed the children on how to plant, water and care for the saplings.

Educative opportunity

WOA Kids4Trees describes its mission as providing children and young adults with “an opportunity to learn the values of Olympism, and to enrich their lives through art, music, conservation awareness and action - under the leadership examples of Olympians.”

DiaBa said: “As an Olympian, it is my responsibility to be an example to the kids here and show them the values of sport, fair play and caring about our planet. I am very proud of the kids taking part here. I explained to them that they are the ones who can change their world to make it a better place.”

Tracy Mattes, WOA director of global programs, said: “It is our vision to take this program around the world next year to highlight the values of Olympism during the 2011 United Nations Year of the Forest.”

Senegal marked the second stop of the Youth Olympic Flame on its journey taking in five continents in the run-up to Singapore.


Keywords · WOA Kids4Trees Program · Senegal · Goree Island · DiaBa · Redner · Mattes


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