Envirofest Singapore

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envirofest lucky dip

 

This is one of the highlights of Envirofest.  People of the public can stand a chance to win a free nature trip, free souvenirs or take part in our daily lucky draw.

Each participant will be given a small card (a quarter of a A4-size paper). This card will be utilized on both sides. Participant are supposed to gather 6 stamps on the first page of this card. They can go around the exhibition to gather stamp from the environmental groups. However, this stamp is not given “freely”. The participants must engage in the individual booth’s activities to earn a stamp. After gathering all 6 stamps, they will be eligible for a chance at the Lucky Dip. If there is no luck at the Dip, they can still take part in the daily lucky draw, which will require them to fill up the back page of the Lucky Dip card.

Vouchers will be given out at the daily Lucky draw!

Volunteers from Cedar Girls’ School are designing and manning this booth for Envirofest! Thanks a lot, girls!

A motley crew gathered at Singapore Botanic Gardens, catching up with news about the Draft Blue Plan launch, International Coastal Cleanup and a few upcoming seminars.

The NJC Greenlink students who are co-organising Envirofest turned up and we found the room left unlocked helpfully. So we all settled down and got started after a roll call – it helps that we mostly know each other so we could figured out who was coming and get started.

The NJC students presented the theme for the year – the family, and provided an overview on powerpoint that featured the fringe events, the tagline options and publicity.

In addition to the NJC students, Wenhua has recruited AJC and Cedar Girls Secondary students. Of course, Wenhua was her usual whirlwind self, having just come after her last exams as a student over at NTU. As she rapidly fired information at us, I’d stopped multi-tasking and concentrated like the rest did!

We had 21 organisations on board – with the venue and date changes she has been battling with these past few months (partly due to the depressed economy), it was inevitable that some organisations had other commitments (including an AGM!). recruitment is not over and with some new faces to the scene, a clearly defined lifestyle section looks to be possible for the first time.

With most of the unknowns out of the way, a discussion broke out amongst the biodiversity groups to see if a trail, anchored by NPArks, would be possible. The venue at Toa Payoh Hub posed some challenges due to its porous and crowded nature and we pondered over a rough map to see if a new approach would be possible.

Since we’re (wisely) adopting the “one step at a time” philosophy to Envirofest, after a discussion, we decided to experiment with the biodiversity groups this year and see what we could learn from the experience for future years.

Will it work, will it not work? We’ll see…

Now its down to each of us to recruit manpower, train our guides and get ready with information about the various groups as well as the special free events for the public AFTER Envirofestt. It certainly is going to be a great event to learn about grassroots environmental volunteerism in Singapore!

Our third and final meeting is on 15th May 2009 at Singapore Botanic Gardens at 7.00pm. We should all be ready by then!

Envirofest 2009 is happening on 23 and 24 May! We are so glad that we have Toa Payoh HDB Hub as our venue. It has tremendous human traffic and that’s what all of us want for the venue.

This year, we are very honoured to have Minister Yaacob Ibrahim as our Guest-of-Honour again! He will be gracing the event on 23 May.

Opening ceremony

 

LATEST NEWS! Kolam Ayer YEC has clinched HDB Hub for 6th and 7th June 2009 for Envirofest!

Finally!! Top Number 1 headache for Envirofest is getting the venue. Of course, the Top Number 2 headache is getting the $$$.>

And talking about $$$, having Envirofest in June means we are no longer eligible for SHINE Festival funding. I have been thinking about how Envirofest can leverage on SHINE Festival to make it an even bigger event. So when my friend first broke the news that all weekends of July were fully booked, I broke down. No July = No SHINE Festival = No good funding.

Alright, there is no point licking my wound over this. We immediately booked the best next date which is the beginning of June. It is actually what we wanted in the first place. It will be Great Singapore Sale and the crowd will be impossible!! On top of that, it will also be the start of the school holidays. That means a lot of things: 1) more young children and youths in the crowd; 2) more involvement from interested school groups; 3) various eco groups can have post-Envirofest activities and trips throughout the whole of the school holiday!

Wonderful!

As for the funding, I will continue to source for more options.

Doing Envirofest is not an easy job, especially when I am a lazy pig and procrastinating is my only forte. However, I am grateful that I have a good bunch of friends who are resourceful and more importantly, more hardworking than me!

After sharing my entire things-to-do list for Envirofest with my Best Friend, who happens to be teaching in Anderson Junior College, he exclaimed, “You have found just the right person for this!”

He shared that AJC is trying to let their students participate in some green initiatives, but they still haven’t got anything firm up yet. He recommended me to send invitation and Envirofest proposal to the teacher I/C and see if they are willing to come in as a student group.

This is exactly what I will call as WIN-WIN situation!!

So far, I can sense that AJC is keen, but the teachers are so busy with their work these days that I still haven’t got a YES from them yet.

In my proposal to AJC, I shared with them that Envirofest would need exhibition guides (who are capable of speaking English and Mandarin/Malay/any other dialects) to lead public around our exhibition. On top of that, I am also looking for students who have better writing skills and discipline than me to do reporting and media kit.

This is how we can complement one another! In return, we can put up their school logo for publicity, feature them in our media kit and the students might even receive interviews from the press!

I sincerely hope AJC can be part of the Envirofest team. With more capable people on the team, I am 100% sure we all can achieve higher height!!