Water hunt for young families

The participants of Mengo H2O Water Hunt 2014 at The Square in Publika before flag off on April 13, 2014. On the far right is Mengo chairperson Yasmin Rasyid.

Norhafsham Che Ani wanted to do his part to promote water awareness by participating in the Malaysian Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (Mengo) H2O Hunt 2014.

“To conserve water, especially during water rationing, I only shower once a day. In the morning, I just wipe myself,” he said when met at the event which was held in Publika recently.

Norhafsham has also been collecting rainwater which he uses to water his plants.

His friend, Munira Nor Azlan, 28, said they also participated as they like to take part in treasure hunts.

The Mengo H2O Hunt 2014 was the first water-based public engagement and fundraising programme by Mengo in collaboration with EcoKnights and Publika.

This event is about raising awareness of the public, specifically young families, on the importance of water conservation and sustainable usage and to raise funds for Mengo to continue its environmental policy advocacy effort with the Malaysian government.

It was also held in conjunction with the Earth Month celebration.

Participants had to solve various challenges at checkpoints using water.

Serge Jean, 41, joined the hunt with his wife, Daria Jean, 37, and two children, ages six and nine.

The geoscientist said they believed in practising the 3Rs at home which are recycle, reuse and reduce.

“My wife has also started a recycling programme at our condominium,” he said.

Mengo chairman Yasmin Rasyid, 38, said it was a coincidence the event took place during the current water shortage as it had been planned last year.

“We had 28 teams. We are happy to see families with their children taking part as it is important to teach them from an early age about water conservation and sustainable usage,” she said.

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