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NPARKS & SPH Foundation launches SUN CLUB Programme

Singapore, 03 October 2006 The ‘Special projects to Understand Nature’ (SUN) Club programme was officially launched at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve today. Sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation, the SUN Club programme brings tailor-made nature appreciation projects to students with special needs.

Professor Leo Tan, Chairman of the National Parks Board (NParks), graced the launch ceremony as the Guest-of-Honour. Also present were Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of NParks, and Mr Charles Ho, Chairman of the Garden City Fund.

Initiated by NParks, the SUN Club programme is supported by a $30,000 sponsorship from SPH Foundation. This programme was developed in consultation with teachers from special schools, with the aim of making nature come alive for their students. Participants have chosen to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or Pulau Ubin. The pilot programme will benefit some 500 students from five special schools – Metta School, Grace Orchard School, Tanglin School, Delta Senior School and Chao Yang School. Interested schools can contact Ms Jeanne Tan of the National Parks Board, via email jeanne_p_h_tan@nparks.gov.sg or call 6794-2414.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation commented, “Currently, the existing nature outreach programmes are catered for children from the mainstream schools. SUN Club is the first nature appreciation programme tailored for children with intellectual and physical disabilities.”

She added, “By supporting SUN Club as the main sponsor, SPH Foundation hopes to enrich the lives of these children through the wonders of nature. We are pleased to be part of such a meaningful programme.”

Mr Charles Ho, Chairman of the Garden City Fund added, "I would like to commend SPH Foundation for their support in sustaining the Garden City’s green initiatives. Their contribution towards such value-added educational programmes will benefit many students. I am happy to see these children learning about nature and Singapore’s biodiversity through this programme. We look forward to future collaborations and a lasting partnership with SPH Foundation.”

 

Issued by National Parks Board & Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
Issued on: 3 October 2006

Note to Editors:
The National Parks Board (NParks)

National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for providing and enhancing greenery of the Garden City. Beyond green infrastructure, NParks is committed to enhance the quality of life through creating memorable recreational experiences and lifestyles.

NParks manages some 300 parks, the park connector network and the lush roadside greenery in Singapore. Some of the parks managed include Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fort Canning Park, East Coast Park, Bishan Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Pulau Ubin Recreation Area. In addition, NParks manages nature reserves such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

As Singapore’s scientific authority on nature conservation, NParks monitors and coordinates measures to ensure the health of designated nature areas.

NParks is also the lead agency in the efforts to continually upgrade the Landscape Industry in Singapore. It works closely with industry partners to promote good work practices and create a thriving, creative, innovative and professional industry that will support Singapore’s aspirations of being a City in the Garden.

For more information, log on to: www.nparks.gov.sg

For more information, please contact Puay Qi (NParks) at 9627-8169 or Peixian (SPH Foundation) at 9735-9490.

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005. For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg

 

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