Water events to make a splash this month

Water events to make a splash this month
The Singapore Sports Hub on 6 May 2014, which is nearing completion.

THE Singapore Sports Hub will be the centre of the country's World Water Day celebrations on March 21, hosting a wide range of activities to highlight the importance of water.

More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in events including cycling, kayaking and yoga.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, the guest of honour, will flag off a dragon boat race at the nearby Marina Reservoir.

Student leaders from Dunman High School will lead a mass walk, which will circle Marina Bay and end at the stadium.

The Hub will be the main site for the events, although there will be other activities around the island.

At Jurong Lake, students from River Valley High School will attempt to build the world's largest collage out of 50,000 used bottle caps.

Partnering waste collection company Colex, they aim to create greetings to mark Singapore's 50th birthday along with water conservation messages.

Parts of the collage will be exhibited at Jurong Town Council and Science Centre Singapore.

While celebrations in previous years had mostly been held in a single day, the events and activities this year will be spread throughout this month so that more people can take part.

On March 12, a children's book will be launched at the Woodlands Regional Library to encourage children to conserve water.

A Water Wally Adventure: The Surprise Visitor features national water agency PUB's mascot, Water Wally.

The book will be available at all public libraries.

From March 21, booksellers Kinokuniya and MPH will give away a free copy when people buy children's books, while stocks last.

The book is a collaboration between PUB, National Library Board, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Mandarin Oriental Singapore hotel.

On March 22, the team behind fishing website FishingKaki.com and its adopted charity, Big Fish @ Helping Hand, will work with volunteers to clean up three reservoirs.

This Sunday's Green Corridor run, organised by The Nature Society and Groundswell Events, has also been aligned with the cause.

Some runners will carry a recycled bucket or jerry can of water for the entire 10km route to raise money for a charity that takes clean drinking water to developing countries.

In all, more than 400,000 people are expected to take part in about 250 activities this month.

PUB chief executive Ng Joo Hee said: "The fact that more than 400,000 people will come together to rejoice in the clean water we have to drink and use, and the beautiful waters we get to enjoy, is overwhelming testimony to our collective appreciation of a most precious resource."

zengkun@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Mar 5, 2015.
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