On Thursday 23 March 2017, the Queen’s Baton visited Rubavu District in Rwanda’s Western Province, to help shine a light on the importance of environmental conservation.
The thousands of local community members gathered were joined by representatives from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Water for Growth Rwanda as a part of international water and environment week.
The Queen’s Baton was passed between hands as locals and visitors joined in planting bamboo along the Sebeya River bank; part of a program to teach farmers about planting trees for land protection and stabilisation to ensure future crops.
It was an important connection to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton own message for conservation and environmental sustainability around the Commonwealth.
The Baton’s leading edge is made from reclaimed plastic from the beaches and waterways of the Gold Coast. It’s an eye-catching material that starts conversations about consumption, recycling and the importance of creating a sustainable future.
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