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Speech by Mr Charles Ho, Chairman of Garden City Fund, at the Launch of Tanjong Pagar Ricoh Park (21 October 2005)

22 Feb 2006 Mr Kirk Yoshida, Managing Director, Ricoh International Business Group; Mr Shuzo Saito, Managing Director, Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen, Firstly, on behalf of the Garden City Fund (GCF) and NParks, I would like to reiterate our thanks to Ricoh Asia Pacific for their generous donation which has made today?s opening of this new pocket park possible. Indeed, the opening of this park is a significant, and perhaps even unprecedented event, as it is the first time that a corporation has partnered the Garden City Fund and NParks to make possible the development of a pocket park in our busy CBD area. As the steward of our Garden City, NParks has commendably led efforts in beautifying our city with a unique green ambience and enriching the quality of life for residents in Singapore. To further enhance our Garden City and for Singapore to retain its global competitive edge, community participation is needed. This all-important ingredient is not just a good-to-have, but a requirement in all initiatives that desire success. To that end, the Garden City Fund was formed three years ago to encourage the community to express their personal stake in sustaining the Garden City. The Garden City Fund Management Committee, comprising key corporate leaders from diverse professional backgrounds and NParks management, are united by a desire and commitment to achieve the vision for Singapore to evolve into a City in a Garden. Since the setup of the Garden City Fund, we have partnered a number of like-minded individuals and organisations in projects that have benefited many residents in Singapore. One such project is of course the development this park, which I am sure many office workers will use and enjoy. Apart from lending their support to this project through the development of this park and donating their benches made of recycled toner cartridges, Ricoh also contributed S$8,000 in 2003 for their employees and volunteers to participate in reforestation activities at Pasir Ris Park. I am heartened to note that Ricoh is a strong advocate of and committed to environmental conservation. In the years ahead, we look forward to partnering Ricoh for many more meaningful projects. As we celebrate the launch of this park, I am happy to note that this project demonstrates how such partnerships can indeed make a difference to many people in Singapore. We hope that this will act as a catalyst to encourage other organizations and individuals to partner the Garden City Fund in other projects. Establishing more of such long-term partnerships will ensure that we can sustain our Garden City long into the future, and collectively bring our vision of a City in a Garden to fruition. Without further ado, I declare the Tanjong Pagar Ricoh Park officially launched. Thank you. *** Related article Welcome address by Dr. Leong Chee Chiew, Chief Operating Officer, National Parks Board at the launch of Tanjong Pagar Ricoh Park *** View other speeches
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