Easter fun: (From left) Hope Worldwide Malaysia assistant programme manager Joey Tan and Wong, Lee, Lone Pine Hotel assistant communication manager Natasha Mahtani and Penang Green Council general manager Thing Siew Shuen dropping eggs into the container.
STRAITS Quay Retail Marina in Penang shines the spotlight on environmental friendliness with its Live and Love Green campaign throughout March and April.
Organised in conjunction with Earth Hour celebrations, it is aimed at educating the public on the importance of going green and creating a better living environment for all.
There will be Go Green Workshops where participants can learn how to create nifty trinkets from reusable items, starting with the Plant and Design session this Sunday.
It shows how discarded water bottles can find new purpose as plant pots. Penang Green Council will sponsor Sansevieria plants that participants can place into the pots and take home.
Other workshops include sessions on making candle holders (March 29), coin boxes (March 30), bottled frames (April 6), recycled bags (April 13) and wind chimes (April 26). All run from 3pm to 5pm.
The mall also appeals to the public to contribute towards the Live and Love Life Campaign, to raise funds for Hope Worldwide Penang’s health and education programmes.
Those who donate RM5 will get an Easter Egg to doodle on before dropping it into a container in the shape of a ‘60+’. Those who donate RM10 or more get an extra Starbucks Coffee ‘buy one free one’ voucher.
Hope Worldwide Malaysia programme director Darick Wong said their focus was very much on children from rural communities. They run free mobile clinics and a reading programme, among others.
There will also be fun activities like the Make Your Easter Set Competition on April 5 at 3pm.
Watch as participants decorate a basket of Easter eggs in ingenious ways.
This is followed by the Easter Eggsventure Hunt on April 20, also at 3pm, which will have teams racing around the mall to complete given tasks at different outlets.
A day earlier at 5pm, the Tear and Wear Design Competition challenges contestants to come up with wearable apparels made from reusable materials.
The winning creations will win their makers cash prizes, certificates, as well as hotel stays and meals at Lone Pine Hotel.
Straits Quay advertising and promotion senior manager Amy Lee urged families to come along for the activities to help cultivate a green mindset among children.
A charitable mindset can also be instilled through the ongoing Kits to Kids project, where youngsters can donate educational materials and stuffed toys, in support of Norwegian sailing ship Vega’s humanitarian mission.
Each year, the 120-year-old vessel sails around 7,000 miles where the crew collect these much needed items from various countries and donate them to communities in remote Indonesian islands.
“For these underprivileged children, a soft toy is a luxury that brings a smile to their faces.
“This programme allows our young ones to contribute, and feel that they can make a difference in the lives of others,” Lee said, adding that the ship would also be having its open house from March 22 to 31, from 10.30am to 10.30pm daily.
For detailed info, visit www.straitsquay.com.