by David Chung 15 May 2008
2008 is the International Year of the Reef (IYOR), celebrated worldwide to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability. So, as part of Intel’s 40th anniversary celebrations, a group of Intel Singapore employees from CPLG, Finance & IT and their families turned our Labor Day holiday into a labor of love for the Earth. Together, we volunteered in a variety of activities at Chek Jawa – a wetlands nature reserve tucked away on Pulau Ubin, an island off the north-eastern coast of the main concrete jungle of Singapore (details below).
We teamed-up with a group of passionate nature enthusiasts, as well as a community of home-schooled children & their families, forming a contingent of over 100 volunteers. The naturalists that guided us inspired us with their love & respect for our natural environment. The home-schooled kids inspired us with their enthusiasm and abundant curiosity. And in return, Intel inspired them with our grand goal of one million volunteer hours.
Photos by Peggy Khoo
Photos by Ria Tan (WildSingapore)
So, what did we actually do?
Read more about the event at these blogs:
This event was also featured in a newspaper report in the May 11th issue of the local Chinese daily《联合早报》
Thanks to the CPLG, Finance & IT leadership teams for funding this event out of our Q2 team building budget, and adopting it as our quarterly team event J
CPLG: Cai Ding Zheng and Mel Davies
· CPLG sponsored the painting materials
Finance: Kristin Lim, Ravi Rao and Jeffrey Phua
· Finance sponsored the transportation to Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa, and the Dugong ambassador badges
IT: Satish Kumar and Chang Tsann
· IT paid for the snacks and drinks that fed more than 100 people
And a big thanks to Peggy Khoo & the Intel Involved Singapore team for making this possible!