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Tue 09 Nov 2004
Circle of Life
Category : events
Circle of Life was held at Millenia Walk on Saturday, 6th November 2004. Nature Society (Singapore) celebrated its 50th anniversary with 500 students holding placards in concentric circles, depicting Singapore's biodiversity. You can read the transcript of the Radio Singapore International interview with coordinator Vilma D'Rozario here.
Report and photos by Anand Sundram Balan:
"Primary school students put up a stage event for the Minister (Lim Swee Say). They held assorted picture cards, moved to Elton John's "Circle of Life", then stepped forward one by one to display their plant or animal, and read out something the creature pasted behind the cards. That was quite nicely done.
NSS President Geh Min thanked everyone who helped out and put the event together. Mr Lim Swee Say's speech was short and to the point, in his typical inimitable "broken-English" style. He talked about how much species biodiversity and nature there still is locally, quoting some figures (likely "there are probably more species of tree at Bukit Timah than in the whole of North America." and Singapore is home to 2,000 plant species, 70 types of mammals, 350 species of birds and 35 species of freshwater fish"). He also said we should all strive to preserve this "for as long as possible" in Singapore. A bit ominous that statement :) !
The T-shirt buying & printing, the RGS bioD games & other stalls, and the NSS booth (which I helped man for awhile), seemed to be doing good business until I left in early afternoon, which is great! Hope they managed to make some decent money for their fund-raising.
A dikir barat group was trying to teach some primary school kids how to do a performance of a nature conservation poem written in English! This was at about 1pm, and the children really seemed to enjoying learning from the adults, and vice versa. Thought this was pretty unique in a nature event!
I thought it was a nicely organised event overall, full of the right type of energy & spirit. Well done & kudos to all involved!
Celine Low of NSS says it for all of us:
Just wanna say CONGRATS! You the WOMAN! I think you did a great job and it was no mean feat pulling off a big event like that for NSS, especially with so many hiccups along the way. It was pretty impressive and I'm glad I was there to witness your big day and be part of the festivities!
See also the Channnel News Asia report of 06 Nov 2004 [pdf].