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Janet Maitland’s Olive Tree Legacy

It is just over a year since Durham hairdresser, Janet Maitland sadly passed;  so it is heart-warming to hear that two of her friends have found a way to keep her philanthropic spirit and actions for women and children going.

Pat Johnson and Sue Curry, friends of Janet, have planted an Olive Tree and plaque in Cape Town, South Africa to commemorate their friend and all that she did for women and children.

Janet’s tree is planted at the Goedgedacht Olive Peace Grove, situated at the foot of the Kasteelberg mountains in the Swartland. The olive grove is helping to finance a pathway out of poverty for children of the region. The grove is on a farm called Goedgedacht — which means “good ideas” — and it was the first income source for the Path Out of Poverty (POP) programme. The Goedgedacht Trust has created centres where children and young people from the neighbouring farms and small towns can play sport, do homework, improve their social skills and eat a nutritious meal with vegetables from gardens on Goedgedacht.  On 5th March at 10:30am Janet’s name will be read out in memory at the dedication service of the most recent plaques at the Goedgedacht Olive Peace Grove.

“The money raised from the harvested, or pressed, olives goes towards helping children who have been abandoned and women who have been abused.  Janet was always the first to help those in need and her memory and legacy is now able to live on through continuing to help those in need.” Commented Janet’s widower Peter McDermott.

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