Taman Tugu Project team joins walk

All for unity: Jacob (top right) together with his team at one of the spots along the Taman Tugu forest trail in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: This National Day will prove to be more meaningful for the Taman Tugu Project (TTP) team as the members will join other Malaysians walk for unity in the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk 2019.

Taking place for the fifth time on Aug 31 at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery in Setia Alam, the team fully supports the unity walk.

“At this point in time, a hashtag or call for unity is very important and so we are very supportive of this walk,” said TTP director Calvin Jacob.

Unity, he added, was an important core in their project and something which they were always conscious about.

The TTP, a not for profit corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative led by Khazanah Nasional Bhd (Khazanah), comprises two components – conserving the 26.7ha green lung as a community park and setting up a National Public Trust to own, manage and protect Taman Tugu.

The team strives to foster unity by ensuring that visitors at the park are of various communities, including those from the lower-income group.

“This park is easy to access and is a background park for many surrounding neighbourhoods here but we also strive to get people from other parts of town and even pay for the transport to bring communities from the lower-income group here,” Jacob added.

Among the activities carried out for free are yoga classes, zumba, a Green School where green initiatives are taught as well as 4km hiking trails which open daily from 7am to 6.30pm.

On Sept 21, the team will organise the Taman Tugu Eco Day with a variety of green and patriotic-themed activities for the public to join.

“This day also marks our first anniversary since we opened to the public last year and it coincides with Malaysia Day,” he said.

The green lung is home to more than 4,000 trees averaging from eight to 10 years old as well as a number of oil palm trees brought over by the British before independence.

Up to 1,000 trees at the site have also been identified and tagged for preservation, including indigenous species such as jelutong, tembusu, pulai and gaharu which measure over 1m in diameter and are about 100 years old.

“Unlike other CSR projects where the money is just put in, we have pushed the boundaries to ensure that we are not just creating a space for the community but one which is also sustainable and well used by visitors from all walks of life,” said Jacob.

“Everyone has a small role to play in making our home better and regardless of how small your role is, doing it right is what matters as we strive towards building a better Malaysia.”

#AnakAnak Malaysia Walk 2019 is a collaboration between property developer Eco World Development Group Bhd and Star Media Group Bhd.

The main sponsors for the event are Panasonic (silver sponsor) and DRB-HICOM (car sponsor).

Registration fee is RM50 (adult) / RM20 (child) / RM120 (family package: two adults, two kids), and RM40 (corporate).

Closing date is Aug 28.

#AnakAnak Malaysia Walk 2019 will start at 4.30pm on Aug 31 at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, Persiaran Setia Alam in Setia Alam, Shah Alam.

For more details, go to bit.ly/aamwalk2019.

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