Youth mentors and mentees of MENDAKI Club (MClub)’s flagship PEER community programme planted 120 trees through the Plant-A-Tree programme under Garden City Fund, National Parks Board (NParks)’s registered charity and IPC. The planting supports the OneMillionTrees movement, a nationwide initiative by the National Parks Board (NParks) to plant one million trees across Singapore by 2030.
This initiative is part of the broader effort led by MClub to expose Malay / Muslim youths to a variety of meaningful causes where they can contribute, and serve as catalysts for change in society.
Singapore, 30 May 2023 - MENDAKI Club's PEER, the community's largest, volunteer-led mentorship programme for Malay / Muslim youths in secondary schools, has partnered with Garden City Fund (GCF), a registered charity and IPC established by the National Parks Board (NParks) to provide mentor and mentee participants with an opportunity to contribute to the nationwide OneMillionTrees movement.
This collaboration is part of the bi-weekly activities curated by PEER organisers over a 6-month period to foster positive youth development and instil the 5Cs - Confidence, Competence, Community, Character, and Connection - among participants.
Sustainability a highlight for this year’s PEER Community Activity session
PEER mentor and mentee participants supported the OneMillionTrees movement by planting 120 trees in Canberra and Pasir Ris. The trees were contributed by the philanthropic arm of FairPrice Group, NTUC FairPrice Foundation, which had donated S$180,000 in 2021 to plant 600 trees under GCF’s Plant-A-Tree programme. This hands-on experience not only allows participants to directly engage with nature but also presents them with the opportunity to learn more about the significance of their contribution towards the Singapore Green Plan 2030. Through this initiative, participants gained a deeper understanding of the various ways they can contribute to building a greener Singapore.
“We are delighted to partner with Garden City Fund on this meaningful initiative,” said Muhammad Hilmi, Director, Community Activities from MClub’s PEER programme. “By involving our participants in the OneMillionTrees movement, we aim to foster a sense of environmental stewardship and empower them to become agents of change. It is our belief that community service encompasses diverse causes, and this collaboration provides an avenue for our participants to champion those that may align to their interests.”
Collaboration with partners help enrich PEER programme’s offerings for mentors and mentees
According to Mubin Shah Ramazan, Mentor, PEER @ Woodlands, "What I particularly enjoyed about every PEER session I've participated in with my mentees over the past several months is that each one has been unique. Today's activity of planting trees was particularly enjoyable, simply because I've never done it before! While sharing this experience with my mentees was certainly a highlight, what I found most gratifying was how it opened my eyes to new possibilities and causes I can get involved in.”
“This year marks 60 years of greening and conservation efforts with the community and we are happy that the Mendaki Club’s PEER programme is engaging and involving youth participants in our OneMillionTrees movement. We appreciate partners like Mendaki Club and NTUC FairPrice Foundation, whose support enables us to continue our greening efforts, cultivate a sense of community stewardship towards Singapore’s natural heritage and bring us closer to our vision to becoming a City in Nature,” said Professor Leo Tan, Chairman, Garden City Fund.
MClub extends its deepest appreciation to all other partners involved for their support at last Saturday (27 May 2023)’s event:
NTUC FairPrice Foundation
Canberra Community Centre
Pasir Ris Sports Centre
Singapore Institute of Technology Actions for Environmental Conservation
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Information on MENDAKI Club
MENDAKI Club (MClub) seeks to support our community’s youths and young professionals by enabling them to launch and sustain impactful and fulfilling careers, while providing them with the space and opportunity to be part of a community that will enable them to personally and professionally grow.
MClub's focus is on building a community of success, which carries unique definitions for each Malay/Muslim individual. We work towards providing the necessary tools, resources and networks that will empower members of our community to define what success means for themselves, and to bring them closer to fulfilling it.
MClub was launched in 2000 by then-Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong and constantly seeks new and interested individuals to be part of its community. As a registered society and affiliated to the Malay/Muslim Self-Help Group Yayasan MENDAKI, the activities and programmes of MClub are largely organised and run by volunteers from a wide range of professions and backgrounds.
For more information, visit www.mendakiclub.org.sg
Information on the National Parks Board and ONEMILLIONTREES Movement
The National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for enhancing and managing the urban ecosystems of our City in Nature. We are the lead agency for greenery, biodiversity conservation, and wildlife and animal health, welfare and management. We are also working closely with the community to enhance the quality of our living environment.
NParks manages some 400 parks, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pulau Ubin and the Sisters' Islands Marine Park. Adding to this is the extensive network of Nature Ways, and the over 300 km Park Connector Network that links major parks, nature areas and residential estates island-wide. Every year, we run over 3,500 educational and outreach programmes across our various green spaces.
NParks has developed an urban biodiversity conservation model, which aims to conserve representative ecosystems in land-scarce Singapore. NParks also monitors and coordinates measures to enhance the presence of biodiversity in our urban landscape.
NParks is working closely with partners in the landscape, horticulture, veterinary and animal sectors to increase productivity, and provide training for all levels of the workforce. Enhancing competencies of the industry will support Singapore’s vision of being a City in Nature.
The OneMillionTrees movement is a key component of efforts to further extend nature into our urban landscape as we transform into a City in Nature. It aims to redouble Singapore’s efforts to green its urban infrastructure on an unprecedented scale, to achieve the vision of making Singapore a City in Nature. NParks will work with the community to carry out the OneMillionTrees movement to plant more than a million trees across Singapore by 2030. This will take place throughout the island, including streetscapes, gardens, parks and park connectors, nature reserves and nature parks.