Launch of Ubin and HSBC Volunteer Hub and HSBC's Care-For-Nature Stamp Series
28 Oct 2006
The National Parks Board and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited jointly launched the Ubin and HSBC Volunteer Hub at Pulau Ubin today. The newly opened Ubin and HSBC Volunteer Hub houses a resource centre and activity room, a seminar room, and a volunteer lounge. A one-stop centre for Pulau Ubin, the resource centre will be stocked with reference and multimedia materials to facilitate project work and conservation research by schools and other organizations. The seminar room will host talks, slide shows and workshops for the public and volunteers.
The opening of the Ubin ? HSBC Volunteer Hub will facilitate nature conservation and outreach efforts, enhance training and networking amongst volunteers, and promote community involvement at the same time. More importantly, the Volunteer Hub represents NParks? appreciation for the commitment and effort that the volunteers have contributed to Pulau Ubin over the years.
Ms Grace Fu, Minister of State for National Development, graced the launch as the Guest-of-Honour. Also present were Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of National Parks Board (NParks) and Mr Guy Harvey-Samuel, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC in Singapore.
Ubin ? HSBC Volunteer Hub aims to benefit volunteers
The Volunteer Hub aims to benefit volunteers from the Ubin Volunteer Programme and members of the various civic societies.
Pulau Ubin receives more than 300,000 visitors every year. With the help of our volunteers, NParks organises more than 400 guided walks at the island every year. Currently, there are some 200 volunteers under the Ubin Volunteer Programme. These volunteers contribute to a wide array of programmes, including giving guided tours, providing visitor services, and helping in reforestation and nursery management. They also help to photograph and document wildlife on Pulau Ubin through plant and animal surveys.
In addition to the volunteers from the Ubin Volunteer Programme, other civic groups have also come forward to provide activities for the public, and help promote and conserve the island?s natural and rustic charm. These groups include the Green Volunteers Network, Pedal Ubin and the Nature Society (Singapore), amongst others.
The Volunteer Hub will be a one-stop centre where volunteers gather to share information, and establish closer bonds with one another.
Said Ms Grace Fu, Minister of State for National Development, "Here in Ubin, we can regularly see people from all walks of life contributing their time, energy and expertise to promote and safeguard Ubin's natural heritage. As volunteers, your passion for nature has inspired a love for the natural environment among our fellow Singaporeans. Through your efforts, visitors are able to enjoy a distinctive Ubin experience whenever they visit."
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HSBC donated S$250,000 for the setting up of the Ubin ? HSBC Volunteer Hub. The sum was part of the S$800,000 that HSBC contributed to the Pulau Ubin Conservation Fund last year. The rest of the donation will be used for nature conservation, outreach and research initiatives on Pulau Ubin.
Ms Fu also launched the HSBC Care-For-Nature Stamp Series. The stamp series features the native wildlife of Singapore like the Common Palm Civet, the Common Flying Dragon, the Black-spotted Sticky Frog, and the Common Tiger Butterfly amongst others. (please refer to the fact sheet for more information)
Elaborating on the launch of the Ubin and HSBC Volunteer Hub and the stamps, Mr Guy Harvey-Samuel said, ?We are proud to be part of this initiative to enable the community to learn and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich living environment that exists at our doorstep. Through the many initiatives that will be conducted at this Volunteer Hub in the years to come, we are confident that more people will come to appreciate the importance of caring for nature and involve themselves in protecting our natural heritage.
At the same event, HSBC presented a S$50,000 donation to the Nature Society (Singapore) to support the Fun with Nature programme for schools. (please refer to the fact sheet for more information)
Jointly issued by: NParks and HSBC
Notes 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 and Horticulture 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.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is the founding and a principal member of the HSBC Group which, with over 9,500 offices in 76 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, assets of US$1,502 billion at 31 December 2005 and 125 million customers worldwide, is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations.
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