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SUN Club Celebrates 5th Anniversary

The ‘Special Projects to Understand Nature’ (SUN) Club programme, which is sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation and initiated by the National Parks Board (NParks), celebrated its 5th anniversary at the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve on Sept 24. Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, graced the event as the guest-of-honour.

Started in 2006, SUN Club is the first and only nature appreciation programme for children with special needs. The participants of this programme get to visit some of Singapore’s parks and nature reserves with trained guides and volunteers so that they too, can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature just like everyone else. Over the years, this meaningful club has touched the lives of over 3,500 children from 13 schools.

In time to come, SUN Club participants can look forward to a more personal interaction with nature. Activities will be grouped into four categories, namely Horticultural, Cultural, Conservation and Nature Art & Crafts. Students can choose activities from the various categories, ranging from planting activities to coastal clean-ups and making of handicrafts. They will also get to visit HortPark, the latest addition to the existing six parks which include Sungei Buloh and Fort Canning Park. 

The anniversary event saw an attendance by more than 150 special needs students, their parents, teachers and volunteers.  Besides engaging in fun activities like making bird mobiles and finger painting, students from Tanglin School, Metta School and Lee Kong Chian Gardens School put up music and dance performances for the guests.  Representatives from the schools also presented a handmade patchwork quilt to Dr Tan to convey their appreciation for the programme which had touched their lives. 

 

 

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