The Jerry John Rawlings (J.J. Rawlings) Foundation has outlined activities to mark the remembrance and what would have been the 74th birthday of the late former President Rawlings, who passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
As part of activities to celebrate and remember him, the foundation, in partnership with his alma mater, Achimota School, and the Forestry Commission will embark on a tree planting exercise at the school on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
The tree planting exercise was aimed at reminding the people of the need to protect the environment, in line with the Green Ghana project by the government, a press release from the foundation said.
“The tree-planting exercise will occur at President Rawlings’s alma mater to raise awareness of our individual and collective responsibility to protect and preserve our environment — ideals that were very dear to the heart of J.J. Rawlings.
“The exercise also aims to empower students to take ownership of the campaign to preserve and protect our environment — one tree at a time,” it added.
The statement said the exercise was also to preserve the ideologies of the late former President and expressed appreciation to Achimota School and the Forestry Commission for the support rendered the foundation as it prepared to celebrate its role model for the impact he made in his attempt to preserve the environment while alive.
“The J.J. Rawlings Foundation is very grateful to the Forestry Commission for its kind support to this project, which is in furtherance of the Green Ghana campaign which took off on June 11, this year.
“We are also grateful to Achimota school for agreeing to partner the project and accepting to contribute to a project which builds on the work of one of its illustrious sons, J.J. Rawlings,” it said.
The Rawlings Foundation Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organisation, an extension of the mission and outreach programme of the Rawlings family.
The purpose of the foundation is to further the advancement of Christian education, values and teachings around the world and also support people in need.