Competition educates the young on keeping rivers clean

KUANTAN: The Balok River Adoption Programme (BRAP) activities drew to a close with the prize-giving ceremony of the interschool scrapbook competition held at the Swiss Garden Resort & Spa recently.

Present during the closing ceremony were representatives from seven chemical companies involved in organising and sponsoring the programme and over 100 secondary and primary school students and their teachers.

BRAP chairperson Salehuddin Ahmad said the objective of the competition was to promote and educate the younger generation on the importance of keeping the rivers clean.

”The entries received were of good quality and judges have a hard time selecting the winners,” he said.

This year’s competition, organised by the Kuantan District Education Office with the support of Swiss Garden Resort & Spa and TSD Printing & Supplies, saw the involvement of some 200 students from five primary and five secondary schools.

The competition required team efforts in which up to five teams from the selected schools were invited to submit scrapbooks according to the theme for the respective categories.

The theme for the primary category was “Importance of River to Living Beings” while for the secondary category was “River Pollution - Cause and Effect.”

The winner of the primary category was SK Tunku Azizah while SM Sultan Abu Bakar triumped in the secondary category.

The BRAP was first mooted in 2007 with the objective to improve community awareness and perception toward chemical industries in the Gebeng industrial estate.

Other annual side activities include the eco raft race, Balok river clean up, educational talks and exhibitions, fish release and mangrove tree planting initiatives.

The seven supporting chemical companies were BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd, Eastman Chemical Company, W.R. Grace Speciality Chemicals Sdn Bhd, Kaneka (M) Sdn Bhd, Petronas Chemicals MTBE Sdn Bhd, Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd and RP Chemicals (M) Sdn Bhd.

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