NParks & SPH Foundation Launched SUN Club Programme
03 Oct 2006
The ?Special projects to Understand Nature? (SUN) Club programme was officially launched at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve today. Sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation, the SUN Club programme brings tailor-made nature appreciation projects to students with special needs.
Professor Leo Tan, Chairman of the National Parks Board (NParks), graced the launch ceremony as the Guest-of-Honour. Also present were Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of NParks, and Mr Charles Ho, Chairman of the Garden City Fund.
Initiated by NParks, the SUN Club programme is supported by a $30,000 sponsorship from SPH Foundation. This programme was developed in consultation with teachers from special schools, with the aim of making nature come alive for their students. Participants have chosen to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or Pulau Ubin. The pilot programme will benefit some 500 students from five special schools ? Metta School, Grace Orchard School, Tanglin School, Delta Senior School and Chao Yang School. Interested schools can contact Ms Jeanne Tan of the National Parks Board, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6794-2414.
Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation commented, ?Currently, the existing nature outreach programmes are catered for children from the mainstream schools. SUN Club is the first nature appreciation programme tailored for children with intellectual and physical disabilities.?
She added, ?By supporting SUN Club as the main sponsor, SPH Foundation hopes to enrich the lives of these children through the wonders of nature. We are pleased to be part of such a meaningful programme.?
Mr Charles Ho, Chairman of the Garden City Fund added, ""I would like to commend SPH Foundation for their support in sustaining the Garden City?s green initiatives. Their contribution towards such value-added educational programmes will benefit many students. I am happy to see these children learning about nature and Singapore?s biodiversity through this programme. We look forward to future collaborations and a lasting partnership with SPH Foundation.?