Tropicana, PepsiCo's flagship nutrition brand, along with Smile Foundation,
a national level development organization, and Michelin star Chef Vikas
Khanna, today conducted a tree plantation drive as part of the Tropicana
'Gift A Tree' initiative. Tropicana 'Gift A Tree' is a commitment from
Tropicana to gift back to nature, with trees that are a life essential.
Michelin star Chef Vikas Khanna joined in to support the initiative by
leading a group of 250 children from Smile Foundation to plant saplings
in the city. He also launched his children's book, his 8th so far, called
'A Tree Named Ganga'.
While at the event, Chef Vikas Khanna addressed an enthusiastic group
of children from Smile Foundation; educating them about the importance
of planting trees and being one with nature. Donning his role as an author,
he engaged with the children as he spoke about the importance of trees
in our lives. Drawing references from his newly launched book, he encouraged
them to imbibe one of the most important virtues of trees - the virtue
of giving, and made them promise to become responsible young guardians
He commented, "For me trees have always been an inspiration as they
teach us to give without expecting anything in return. So I'm happy to
join Tropicana's 'Gift A Tree' initiative that embodies a powerful thought
of gifting back to nature. I'm excited to share this experience of planting
trees with children from Smile Foundation who are our future generation.
Through the story of 'A Tree Named Ganga', I've made an honest effort
to help children understand the value of staying humble and the essence
Tropicana's Gift A Tree initiative aims to spread awareness about the
importance of planting trees. The brand partnered with the 'Rally for
Rivers' and grow-trees.com, and has pledged to plant over 25,000 trees.
In the words of Vineet Sharma, Brand Manager - Tropicana, PepsiCo India,
said, "Tropicana is closely linked to nature as all our products
are made from the fruits of nature. We are delighted to have found like-minded
partners in Chef Vikas Khanna and Smile Foundation, who are equally inspired
by nature and believe in the spirit of 'giving'. With Tropicana 'Gift
A Tree, we are taking a small step to gift trees back to nature and encouraging
people to do the same."
The event saw ChefVikas Khanna and 250 children plant trees at Smile Foundation's
Aarohan - Mission Education Centre in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. Children
from Delhi International School and Health & Care Society - a Mission
Education center of Smile Foundation, also joined on this occasion.