YOUTH PARTICIPANTS COLLECTED NEARLY 14,000 PIECES OF RECYCLABLES AT INAUGURAL NGC-NEA ECO-RUN 2013

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Close to 1,000 youth participants turn up to promote recycling efforts and i am one of them! 🙂 doing my part to the environment

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Grace Fu, (leftmost on the podium), together with Mr Andrew Tan, CEO of NEA (middle of podium) and Ms Yvonne Tay, Deputy GM of FOX International Channels, Singapore (right), waving the participants off at the start line.

Close to 1,000 youths took part in the inaugural NGC-NEA Eco-Run at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park today, collecting nearly 14,000 pieces of recyclables in the lead up to the event organised by the National Geographic Channel (NGC) and the National Environment Agency (NEA).

Guest-of-Honour, Ms Grace Fu, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, flagged off the participants at the start point of the 5km run. For the 2.5km run, Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive Officer of the NEA and Ms Yvonne Tay, Deputy General Manager, FOX International Channels, Singapore kicked off the run. The event is organised in support of the Youth for the Environment Day (YED), an initiative that began in 2011 to provide a springboard to promote clean and green living among young Singaporeans. (Please refer to Annex A for more details.)

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Minister Grace Fu, who also took part in the 5km run, said that she was encouraged by the turn out and believed that young Singaporeans should take the lead when it came to
Ms. Fu said: “This run brings us together to renew our commitment to conserve our shared environment. Whether they and future generations can continue enjoying a clean and green environment depends on our actions today.”
Some 50 youth athletes from Team Singapore, including hurdler Dipna Lim Prasad and para-athletes Theresa Goh and Maximilian Tan, also joined in the run.
Said Goh, “The amount of recyclables collected shows the willingness from our youth to try. If people can practice such eco-efforts consistently and on a daily basis, with or without a remuneration or reward, our environment will be that much better.”
RECYCLING PLEDGES AND REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT

 

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That’s me doing the bangle using magazine to do. 🙂

Participants, aged between 13 to 25 years old, had to accumulate as many points as possible through the collection of recyclable materials such as plastic bottles (PET) and aluminum drink cans. They also needed to promote eco-consciousness as points were also awarded when their supporters pledged to contribute recyclable items or through commitment to reduce their individual carbon footprint.

Taking home the award for the most number of points accumulated was Ms Ong Hui Qin, from Bedok Green Secondary School, by collecting 1,544 PET bottle and aluminum cans, as well as securing the most number of pledges from family and friends.

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“Everyone can play his or her part in leading an eco-friendly lifestyle, for example, by conserving water and electricity as these are precious commodities”, said Ms Ong.
Minister joining in the race with the youths and athletes from Team Singapore.
Minister interacting with participants at the Eco-Carnival.
NGC-NEA Eco-Run 2013
Saturday, 20 April 2013 │ 8am – 12 noon │Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park
For more information, please visit: www.yed.sg/ecorun

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