Once again it’s the time for hanging of our national flag and singing patriotic songs and declaring our love for Singapore! There may be many issues that we are unhappy about, but ultimate this is where I grew up, with memories attached to the people and places here, and I am proud to be a Singaporean (:
To celebrate this wonderful country, we went to clean up the mangroves at Lim Chu Kang last Saturday, 4 August! International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is a programme of the Raffles Museum Toddycats, who are volunteers with the National University of Singapore (NUS)’ Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR). These volunteers help coordinate the annual coastal cleanup that is usually held on the 3rd Saturday of September (subject to the tides). On top of that, Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman, the ICCS main coordinator organises a pre-National Day cleanup at Lim Chu Kang mangroves.
I went for it last year, and this year’s fits very nicely into my travel plans (I came back from Australia on 30 July and went to Philippines on 7 August) so no reason not to go for it!
This year, 37 enthusiastic volunteers spent their Saturday morning getting dirty to clean up the mangroves!
In 90 minutes, 37 of us cleared out 669kg of rubbish in 83 bags, not including the bulky items! The mangrove looked a lot cleaner and happier (: As Airani mentioned while we were picking up rubbish, the roots can finally breathe!
We took a group photo with our national flag, and I’m glad to have been able to celebrate National Day this special way 😀
There was also a mangrove inhabitant celebrating National Day with us!
Although I’m not able to be in Singapore on National Day (9 August) itself, it has been wonderful being able to spend time doing good work on the amazing places in Singapore (: Singapore is truly a unique country and I would be very, very sad indeed to lose these treasures!