On May the 5th I will become sixty years old. I'm very fortunate to reach that age since many school friends and friends have not had this privilege. In celebration of this I would like to do something special; not for me but for the less fortunate.
I had been in Tahiti on holiday in 2012 and during my stay I was taken to see some places synonymous with the famous mutiny on the Bounty. I had wanted, for some time, to do something that would leave my mark on the people of this planet but I couldn't think of what to do. By chance I soon found it. It was right in front of me all the time: Breadfruit.
By good fortune, whilst furiously Googling all evening, I came upon the web site of the Breadfruit Institute. What I found on the site was a way that I could make my difference. Many of my friends will know that I have been an ardent supporter of the Breadfruit Institute on Kaua'i, Hawaii. Cloned breadfruit plants are being sent around the tropical world from the breadfruit cloning laboratories in Germany to help eliminate hunger.
Since I couldn't afford to buy a tree for everyone that needs one, I have been buying at least one plant every month for the past several years – six years, I think. However, I would like to be able to surprise the institute staff (they call me the 'breadfruit man' lol) by purchasing sixty trees on my birthday but for that I need your help. Each sapling costs $15USD so I need to raise $900USD (I know, it says £'s but that's OK, too :) ) in total. I can only manage that with your help. You can make a donation yourself or you can send me a donation from a group of friends. You can also send the cost of one plant if that is what you would like to do.
The saplings are sent to countries with the appropriate climate to grow them. They produce their first fruit from approximately five years of age. When the trees are a decent size, excess fruit can be sold therefore giving a family some income. The wood has many uses; building, furniture etc., cuttings can also be taken from the roots to produce new trees or new trees are produced from runners from the main tree and this provides extra income for family's. Each tree has the potential to live up to 100 years. Much good can be done in that time scale!
Three years ago I visited the Breadfruit Institute at the McBryde Gardens, Kaua'i and met the staff who had only ever communicated to me by email. Dr Diane Ragone, the lady responsible for all of this fabulous venture, and some of the staff took me and two friends on a guided tour of the gardens and showed us how their collection of breadfruit was growing. There are 120 varieties of breadfruit that are growing in another of the Institutes gardens on Maui. Feel free to watch the video on the link below.
Please help, if you can, and pass this on to your friends to maximise the potential of reaching the $900USD target! The fund raising project will end on my birthday, 5th May, and the institute will be sent the grand total when the funds have been cleared.
This means everything to me. I've seen first hand how hunger and starvation affects people. There is no beauty if your life is filled with the pain of an empty belly. Hunger must be eradicated from the face of the earth and in your own way you will be making a massive investment in the real lives of others.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to you all in advance for your help. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me - and ssshhhh....don't tell the Institute! I want to give them a surprise. :)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb8_f1K6FZA
McBryde Garden.https://ntbg.org/breadfruit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZQaRVdQ66Q