15 August 2000

Honour students from three Queensland universities are organising a family Plant a Tree day on Sunday, August 27.

Run in conjunction with Greening Australia, Plant a Tree is a national project of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Golden Key Co-Community Services Officer at The University of Queensland Chapter Erin Wilson said on the last Sunday in August each year, members and friends of Golden Key chapters throughout the Asia-Pacific visited sites chosen by Greening Australia that needed revegetation. Volunteers then planted trees, played games and enjoyed lunch in a beautiful natural setting.

"South-East Queensland Golden Key comprises Golden Key chapters at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Queensland University of Technology," she said.

"For the previous three years, the chapters have planted trees at Rafting Ground Reserve at Pinjarra Hills, making a huge difference to the area. This year Griffith University's Logan Campus was chosen in order to try and reduce the effects caused by construction on the land."

Golden Key International Honour Society began at Georgia State University in the United States in 1977. Then called "Golden Key National Honour Society", the Society has since grown to over 300 chapters world-wide. The aims of the Society are to recognise the academic achievements of undergraduate university students and to encourage them to participate in community service, corporate networking and social activities both on their university campus and in the broader community.

"Plant-A-Tree with Golden Key on Sunday, August 27 at the Logan campus promises to be a fantastic day for all the family," Ms Wilson said.

"Starting at 11am and running till around 2pm, this is an opportunity for everyone to meet some great people, enjoy good food, have fun and, most importantly, do something worthwhile for the community and the environment."

For more information, contact Erin Wilson, at UQ Chapter on 0414 463 283 or e-mail: ckwilson@fan.net.au or Esther Stutzle, Vice President of Griffith University chapter, e-mail: s1270925@student.gu.edu.au