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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!

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!!

Yesterday many representatives from various eco groups turned up at Botanic Garden at 7.30 pm to discuss about Envirofest.

When I first reached the foodcourt to meet Jamie at 7.10 pm, I already spotted many greenies among the tables. I must admit I was already getting nervous in meeting these veteran green volunteers. I sincerely hope I can garner their support for Envirofest 2009 (and of course various Envirofest in the coming years). Envirofest is really for them!!

Alright, though I was a bundle of nervous energy, I was very amazed at the attendance of this meeting. There were …

  1. Me!
  2. Siva – Toddycats!
  3. Ria – WildSingapore
  4. Karen – NParks
  5. Shawn Lum – Nature Society
  6. Brandon – NEA
  7. Grant – Green Volunteers
  8. Jaki – Sea Shepherd
  9. Gaytri Meriange – Team Seagrass
  10. Yeow – Vegetarian Society
  11. Andy – Team Seagrass
  12. Ann – Waterways Watch Society
  13. James – ACRES
  14. Ley Kun – Naked Hermit Crabs
  15. Debby – The Hantu Bloggers
  16. Eugene – AsiaIsGreen
  17. Grace – SEC
  18. Sherlene – NJC Greenlink
  19. Jamie
  20. Yunus – Kolam Ayer CC
Meeting with friends of Envirofest

Meeting with friends of Envirofest

That was surely an enthusiastic crowd, everyone had some experience to share, an idea to propose and suggestion for improvement!

I forgot when was the last time I had such a dynamic meeting! Hmmm, this was 100% participation from everyone. WOW~

 

This is the summary of what we had discussed and would follow up on:

  • Participating organisations can showcase their works in various creative form. For eg, SEC suggested the very cool Segway (which I’ve always dreamt of inviting to Envirofest); Sea Shepherd hopes to have a huge inflatable shark on display, marine groups can bring diving gears for kids or youths to try on, Toddycats! will bring down their specimens, Team Seagrass has their seagrass on display too!
  • Besides exhibition on the ground, groups which have any public programmes or stage items can use a timeslot on our stage to ra-ra the crowd. 🙂 I am waiting for Dr Vilma to link me up with Woodlands Ring Primary School, heard that they have a skit to share about eco-living. Any organisations which are keen in putting up something, please feel free to inform me.
  • One of the issues we touched on was the giving out of freebies. Some of us were concerned if we could attract crowds without freebies, some agreed that we could use many other forms to entice our audience. We could work more on this in the coming meetings.
  • My own personal objective is to just to introduce the various nature related projects and trips to the public. So I sincerely hope organisations which have exisiting trips or outings could open at least one session to allow public to sign up during Envirofest. This could be one of the freebies we can give out. For those who don’t do trips, I hope we can come out with some post-event activities with our creativity and capacity.
  • I am still in the midst of applying for grant and venue. Will continue to update everyone~
  • Together with NJC Greenlink, we will continue getting more organisations and clubs to join Envirofest.

Sherlene and Kaisheng, who are the President and Vice President of Greenlink NJC respectively, met up with me to update each other on the progress of Envirofest.

Greenlink, being the co-organiser of Envirofest 2009, had been actively involved in the past two Envirofests. 🙂 And I was truly excited when this group of young green minds agreed to embark this journey with me.

I mentioned to them that the event has to be postponed to July due to bad funding and venue support and they shared that theirexams will be around that period too. Hmmm … I really hope they have enough manpower to run the show with me on the first weekend of July, but they are still contributing ALOT to this event.

They proposed an art competition for the juniors, which is fantastic, because having children around would make the event more youthful (haha) and we are sure that this can attract many other parents and young families too.

On top of this, Greenlink hopes to gather enough can tabs to hold a “Guess the Number of Can Tabs” competition to engage passers-by.

They have also liaised with NJC Art club to help out in Envirofest as well. 🙂 I am really poor in the designing the publicity material, so the participation of the Art club is really a bonus for us. 🙂