NGOs spread awareness on conservation

Joint effort: Participants doing a gotong royong to clean up at Pinggiran Sungai Galing, Kuantan.

KUANTAN: Several non-governmental organisations got together to spread the message of conserving the environment.

The participants were from KRT Seri Kuantan led by its chairman Datuk Chang Hong Seong, Malaysian Nature Society and Pertubuhan Komuniti Harap Kuantan (Harap).

Harap chairperson Yvonn Chan said the programme, held in conjunction with the Global Community Day, was also supported by the state Drainage and Irrigation Department.

Chan said the objectives were to raise awareness on the importance of a sustainable natural environment, to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, to provide an opportunity for state agencies, the private sector and the public to be involved in environmental projects and to preserve Mother Earth for future generations.

Participants started to gather at the site in Pinggiran Sungai Galing near here, followed by a Qi Qong exercise, aerobics and a gotong-royong to clean up the surroundings.

Other side activities include an educational session on the importance of rivers and parks, tree naming, children’s colouring and drawing competitions as well as a treasure hunt, and an inter-secondary school mural and graffiti art competition.

In the evening, there was a public performance theme “Love Nature Unity Concert,” karaoke sessions, various dances including line dancing, Zumba, K-pop and hip-hop as well as a Muay Thai boxing demonstration.

The programme came to an end with a fireworks display.

Chan said Harap would continue to engage, encourage and empower the less fortunate groups in the society.

Other previous activities organised by Harap include raising funds to help floods victims in the country and the Philippines, assist pupils of a Tamil school who studied in a cabin, holding counselling sessions for school leavers, language courses for the poor and empowerment programmes for single mothers and orang asli community.

She urged those who have the financial means to provide some contributions to Harap, a non-profit organisation, in realising its mission.

Details on Harap activities, call 012-900 3828 or email to

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