24 Mar 2012
Graced by Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the morning saw close to 500 cyclists, kayakers and dragonboaters converging after navigating routes from key ABC Waters sites islandwide.
Cycling interest groups Lovecycling.sg and Joyriders blazed in from riding both the Eastern and Western catchment loops, stopping by several ABC Waters sites enroute to Marina Barrage. From Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront, 200 kayakers and dragonboaters started paddling 5km at the crack of dawn to reach Marina Barrage – just in time for the official launch of Singapore’s World Water Day 2012!
25,000 people, 15 locations, 1 cause.
Walk for Water
On Saturday morning, it was quite a sight to see close to 10,000 people walking with their little blue pails all around Singapore. Pails are a common household item and serve as a good visual symbol of the importance of conserving and recycling water. To mark the event, each pail came outfitted with a water saving tip – simple ideas to make every drop of water count.
The Walk for Water was a scenic route that started from the newly-opened Gardens by the Bay East, along Marina Reservoir, before ending at the main venue Marina Barrage. The 2km walk is a symbolic reminder of how people in developing countries have to walk at least 6km everyday to fetch water, and a reminder for all of us to cherish our precious water resources.
United by their little blue pails, more than 3000 participants from the five Community Development Councils participated in the walk. That Saturday morning saw a riot of colours, with many of the participants donning their respective healthy lifestyle or brisk-walking club t-shirts. The blue pails proved to be a hit with young and old alike, with many making plans on how to put the pails to use at home, with some happily wearing it for the walk in place of hats!
At the end of the walk, participants were treated to stage performances and a carnival at Marina Barrage. A slew of other activities like the Water Writing and Qigong demonstration on the Green Roof entertained the crowd. There were many interesting booths to check out from our World Water Day partners. It was certainly a fun filled and meaningful morning to spend at Marina Barrage to mark World Water Day 2012!
Highlights from the morning, Over at Gardens by the Bay East
Over at Marina Barrage
President Tony Tan joins students from Fuhua Primary School, drumming out his own beats on their ‘Water Drums’. The ‘drums’ are made from recycled plastic containers, which the students had fun decorating and painting over.
Winners of the Water Conservation Video Competition with Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
Dance performance by Cedar Girls’s School
Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan look on as students write ‘Water’ in each of the four languages – representative of the cultural and racial unity we have in Singapore.
Up on Marina Barrage’s Green Roof, more than 1000 Qigong practitioners from the Taoist Federation demonstrate their flowing moves. Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice of aligning one’s breathing and body movements for exercise, healing and meditation.
PUB’s 3P partners with President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Singapore World Water Day is a community run partnership, with events for the community by the community. For 2012, more than 100 community partners were involved in running various activities across the 15 locations islandwide. Getting the community involved helps encourage Singaporeans to forge even stronger ties with water, fostering a deeper appreciation of its value.
By Singapore World Water Day Committee