Bupa Foundation joins Trees That Count to create ‘healthier world’

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Bupa has announced a new partnership between the Bupa Foundation and Trees That Count, along with six local community grants, which include Big Brother Big Sister Rotorua.

The Bupa Foundation, which has been operating in Australia since 2005, recently announced the new directions for the foundation that will focus on building mentally healthy and resilient communities, and creating a healthy planet for healthy people. This also included expanding the work of the foundation to support activities in New Zealand.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the Bupa Foundation to New Zealand to help us support the physical and mental health of local communities as well as the environment,” says Bupa NZ managing director Carolyn Cooper.

“Through our everyday work our people already play an important role in the community by providing the best possible care and quality of life for our residents.” The Bupa Foundation has teamed up with Trees That Count to plan and plant three “legacy forests” this year, planting more than 10,000 native trees across three regions.

Each legacy forest is intended to create green spaces for the use and enjoyment of future generations, as well as enabling New Zealanders to get involved with planting native tree spaces that contribute to biodiversity, health and wellbeing.

Trees That Count’s online native tree marketplace is operated by the environmental charity Project Crimson Trust. Partnerships and marketing head Melanie Seyfort says she is looking forward to getting the work with Bupa under way.

The launch of the Bupa Foundation in New Zealand will include the Community Grants programme.

This year’s organisations include: The Manurewa Marae, Big Brother Big Sister Rotorua, Tauranga’s Women’s Refuge, The Upside Downs Education Trust, Graeme Dingle Foundation and Skylight Trust.

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