Welcome to your April update....
If you are interested in learning more about the old trees of Fort Canning, there's a walk this Saturday (10th April, 4 pm). On Friday, 16th April there's a talk (also 4 pm) at the Botanic Gardens entitled "Volunteering for mother Earth" come and bring your friends to learn more about the work we volunteers do.
There's lots of ECO trips organised for the June holidays, so, here's your chance of learning more about nature and meeting up with like minded people.
Hope to see you soon on one of our trips or volunteer activities.
Grant W. Pereira
Mobile: +65 968 40950
MAY - JUNE TRIPS
BINTAN ISLAND (INDONESIA) : ECO TRIP 3D/2N
5th June, Saturday, (World Environment Day) to 7th June (Monday)
19th June (Saturday) to 21st June (Monday)
PRICE $275 per person (need minimum 20 participants) which includes ferry to/from accommodation 6 to a chalet, food and all tours and treks. First come basis and confirmed only when deposit/payment secured.
WHALESHARK SNORKELLING (DONSOL, PHILIPPINES)
1st to 6th May (6D/5N) whale shark interaction
Email for more details or come to ADEX dive show to discuss (our booth COZ), Suntec 9th to 11th April.
SANDAKAN ECO ADVENTURE
June school holidays, need minimum 10 people. 7D/6N around $1,150 per person, twin sharing
VOLUNTEERING FOR MOTHER EARTH
Earth Day is coming up soon (22nd April) and I have been invited by NPARKS to give a talk on Friday, 16th April at 4 pm at the Function Room, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Entitled "VOLUNTEERING FOR MOTHER EARTH", it will be about the work of the Green Volunteers and to get them thinking about volunteering.
Email me if you want to attend this talk. The talk will probably end by 5.30 pm so we can go for a walk after the talk.
NATURE GUIDE TRAINING
We are looking to train Nature Guides for our regular nature walks at Fort Canning Park (every 2nd Saturday of the month @ 4pm). If you are interested or want to know first hand the responsibilities of a nature guide are perhaps you can join us for a walk this Saturday (10th April) at 4 pm, booking required.
UBIN... BUM BOATS & DOGS
There is a sign at Changi Village jetty that says that anyone wishing to bring their pets to Ubin must now charter the whole boat. This came about when a child was bitten by a dog enroute to Ubin.
I really don't understand why would pet owners want to bring their pet poodles to Ubin where the resident and stray dogs are flea infested, not vaccinated and carry so many disease that they can easily be transmitted to other dogs.
What do you get when breed a bulldog with a Shitzu? A BullShitzu! Of course!
GREEN CLEANERS (www.greencleaners.asia) have just arrived in Singapore and want to "give-back" (in the form of green cleaning products) to a worthy cause. I was thinking that we could use these products to clean houses of people who are too old or sick to do it themselves... What do you think? Any ideas? And of course we will need hard working volunteers to help.
GREEN VOLUNTEERS - SIGN UP FORMS
We have just printed a batch of new GV forms, thanks to the artwork of long time G.V. supporter Laykeng and the printing sponsorship of “PAUL THE PRINTER”. Thank you both of you!!
Go to our blog if you want to see our new Green Volunteers card.
TREES OF THE FORT
Our next walk this Saturday (10th April) at Fort Canning Park, 4 pm, still some places available. If you want to go for this walk, please email me.
On 23rd April I shall again be leaving Singapore for Chiangmai with 18 SMU students. This will be our 5th trip to do elephant conservation and social projects that will also include a major reforestation project. To increase awareness of the plight of the Thai elephants we have printed 70,000 ZoCards that are distributed free, island-wide, so get your ZoCard (designed by the students themselves). To see them, please go to our blog.
23rd April to 15th May with SMU students to Chiangmai do elephant conservation, social work and a major reforestation project. If you need to contact me, please do so before I leave.
BLOWING OUR GREEN HORN
FORT CANNING WALKS
The first one was on 13th March and inspite of a drizzle, 32 people attended, next one this Saturday, 4 pm
UNITED WORLD COLLEGE
12th March (Friday) I was keynote speaker at their Green Club's sustainable dinner. Vegetarian dinner and we ate with the oldest eating utensils in the world.. Our hands!
Obtained a sponsorship from RICOH for Macpheson Primary School to start our SPROUTS programme. Sometime in June - volunteers needed to set up our native tree/plant garden.
PASIR RIS GARDEN/SMU
27th March (Saturday) SMU students attended (those going to Chiangmai on 23rd April) a gardening session at the spice garden at Pasir Ris Park (carpark C). This was to teach them the proper digging techniques for our major reforestation project at Chiangmai in April.
TALK AT NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL
5th April (Monday) together with the SMU team that went to Hangzhou in December we gave a presentation to about 30 trainee teachers from Institute of Education, Hong Kong. We discussed the possibility of a joint project in either Hong Kong or China.
The dogs bark…The Green Volunteers march on!!
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