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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!


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!!

We agreed that it is extremely important to have a theme for Envirofest, to have a message that we want to bring across. “Celebrating Singapore’s Environment” seems appropriate enough. I like to use this word “celebrating” for Envirofest, because Envirofest is indeed a festival, an event for people to enjoy our own environment.

I have been to so many nature places in Singapore, and none of these places ever disappoint me. 🙂 They range from peaceful forest, lovely walks with bird-eye view to colourful corals. There is surely a place for any moods.

And I just want to share these places with many other people.

Then, there are so many groups promoting Singapore’s environment. These passionate conservationists have been around way before this green movement last year. I was blown away by the kind of solid work that they are working on and whenever I joined them for any activities, they were full of fun and colours. I love it!! It was such a pity that many many Singaporeans do not even know that these places exist.

I want to share this with them. I want to enjoy our own environment together.

And Envirofest is the best way I could do this. To bring first-timers to enjoy our environment, to let them know more about what our own local environmental groups have been doing for our little exotic island.

After two Envirofests (2006 and 2008), I am even more sure of my mission for this. So, I am working hard towards the next one – Envirofest 2009!


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