NTUC Fairprice and South East CDC to raise $10,000 for needy children

Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Mayor of the South East District, looking on as a Changkat Primary School pupil tries out the Green Bank machine during its launch at the school on 22 August 2011.

SINGAPORE - To raise funds for needy students and promote recycling, NTUC FairPrice Foundation and South East Community Development Council (CDC) will be collaborating for the "Recycling Helps @ South East 2013" campaign for a second consecutive year.

The three-month initiative aims to collect 2,000kg of recycled plastic bottles and cans to raise $10,000 worth of NTUC FairPrice food vouchers for 400 needy students. For every 5kg of recyclables collected by students, FairPrice Foundation will donate a set of vouchers worth $25 to a less-privileged fellow student studying in a school within the South East District.

This campaign will also be supported by the Institute of Technical Education's (ITE) novel "Green Bank" machines. They would be touring around the 12 South East schools to collect, crush and tabulate the amount of recyclables gathered, making green dealings for the students simple and interesting.

Ms Grace Tan, the hosting teacher of a new participating school, Eunos Primary School said: "Our school has always been an advocating recycling and we want to infuse this culture among our students. Through this campaign, we hope our students can make recycling a part of their daily lifestyle."

Also, a photography competition, themed, "My Recycling Story @ South East 2013" will be launched in conjunction with Recycling Helps @ South East 2013. The competition aims to provide a platform for youths to showcase their creativity and photography skills to document their recycling efforts via photographs.

Winning works will be exhibited at the Clean & Green Singapore Carnival in Oct 2013. Additionally, NTUC FairPrice will sponsor over $1,500 in prizes for this competition in support of this green movement.

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