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25 Jul

Atlantic Community Project: Iris House

Last month a local Cape Town business Just Trees, generously donated a huge gift of indigenous Milkwood trees to Tintswalo Atlantic and the surrounding Table Mountain National Park. These trees have helped restore life to our mountain. So blessed were we, that it seemed only fitting that we share the love to a nearby charity.

And so Tintswalo Atlantic General Manager, Ryno du Rand, met with Irina Mink, who is an active local community member, and well-connected with local organizations that need support. Irina immediately knew who would appreciate the trees best: Iris House.

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Iris House: Although modest-looking on the exterior, this little haven makes a big difference in the Cape Town community

Iris House is a vibrant charity committed to enriching the quality of life for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and providing support for their families.

So, toward the end of June, Ryno’s team bundled some fresh young milkwoods into a trailer, and gathered some strong Atlantic staff members to take along, and together they delivered the trees to their new home, and helped to plant them.

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Loading the trees

Arriving at Iris House

Arriving at Iris House

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

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Planting a milkwood

It was a very meaningful day, as #TeamTintswalo learned about the hospice directly from the founder, Sue van der Linde, and the work that the volunteers and carers there do.

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Iris House Founder, Sue van der Linde, has a heart of gold – seen here, giving our team a tour

Receiving a tour of Iris House facilities

Receiving a tour of Iris House facilities

Just as we have planted roots in their garden, so have they have planted the legacy of what they do for the community in our hearts. Our hope is that their new trees provide shelter, and a reminder of ‘Ubuntu’, for years to come.

Sharing the love

Sharing the love

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