Preschoolers raise $10,000 to plant 50 trees in Punggol Promenade

01 Oct 2015

In support of the Clean & Green SG50 Mass Tree Planting project, preschool children aged 4 to 6 years old from Learning Vision @ The Grassroots' Club will be planting 50 trees in Punggol Promenade this Friday, 2nd October.

Through support from parents and staff of Learning Vision @ The Grassroots' Club, the preschool successfully raised over $10,000 for the trees, as part of an initiative led by the National Parks Board (NParks) to plant over 5,000 trees island-wide. The proceeds will go to NParks' registered charity and institution of public character, the Garden City Fund, to support the plantings.

 

A meaningful cause

The idea to take part in this meaningful cause came about three years ago at Learning Vision @ The Grassroots' Club, but only came into fruition this year with kind contributions from parents. To raise funds for the project, the preschool organised various activities throughout the year, including Mother's Day Special Event, Family Fun, and Flea Market Day.

Amanda Yong, Principal of Learning Vision @ The Grassroots' Club said, "This year we celebrate SG50, so we put in place a plan to raise $10,000 to plant 50 trees. It wasn't a small amount, but we managed to achieve it with the generous support from our parents and staff.

We worked closely with NParks on this project, and selected Punggol Promenade for our children and their families to plant the trees."

All the preschoolers at Learning Vision @ The Grassroots' Club, including infants, were involved in this meaningful project. Along the way, children learnt about heritage trees and plants, and also penned their thoughts about the project in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Founder of Learning Vision and CEO of Busy Bees Asia, Ms. June Rusdon said, "Learning Vision has always been an advocate of educating children on the importance of contributing to the larger society. This is made even more meaningful this year to commemorate Singapore's jubilee year and the ideals of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, who planted a Mempat tree in June 1963 at Farrer Circus, as Singapore's first gardener.

We hope our children would carry on the ideals of our founding father to sustain a clean and green garden city for Singapore."

Ms. Rusdon will be joined by parents of Learning Vision @ The Grassroots' Club and representatives from NParks at the tree-planting session.

 

Event Details

Date: 2nd October, Friday

Time: 8.30am- 9.30am

Venue: Punggol Promenade (Punggol Waterway Park, Sentul Crescent Road, 822313)

On-site interview and photo opportunities can be arranged upon request.