World Water Day 2012 @ Alexandra Canal

24 Mar 2012                  

Alexandra Canal was one of the 15 sites islandwide celebrating the Singapore World Water Day 2012. The event kick-started at 8:00 am with over 500 participants doing a 2km ‘Walk for Water’ from Henderson CC to Alexandra Canal. Other activities include a showcase of the wireless ABC Waters Learning Trail @ Alexandra Canal, performances by the community and also carnival booths. The Saturday morning saw more than 1200 participants in attendance. The activities at Alexandra Canal were organised with Tanglin- Cairnhill GRO and Crescent Girls’ School.

The Learning Trail @ Alexandra Canal was developed by Crescent Girls’ School in collaboration with PUB. The programme is targeted upper primary to lower secondary students. The iPad application enables students to understand more about the Singapore Water Story and explore the unique urban wetland features that help cleanse water naturally as they beautify the canal, via interactive and experiential learning. The Learning Trail @ Alexandra Canal app is also available for free download for iPhones and iPad.

In 2011, under the ABC Waters project, the 1.2km stretch of Alexandra Canal was transformed into a beautiful open waterway with softened banks, seamlessly integrated with neighbouring developments to provide a community space for bonding and relaxation.

Alexandra Canal is an excellent site for outdoor classrooms where biodiversity comes alive. The deck has a series of wetland plants that serve as a natural cleansing system to treat rainwater before it flows into the canal. Together, the different wetland plants form a habitat for fishes, dragonflies, birds and other wildlife to thrive in.

Here are some highlights from World Water Day 2012 @ Alexandra Canal:

More than 500 members of the community participated in the 2km Walk for Water from Henderson CC to Alexandra Canal.

Guest-Of-Honour, Grassroots Adviser, Ms Indranne Thurai Rajah, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, leaving her thumbprint on the ‘Pledge for Water’ mural.

Participants enjoying a performance by kindergarten students from My First Skool Henderson Centre.

Ms Indranne Rajah experiencing the wireless Learning Trail @ Alexandra Canal, created by Crescent Girls’ School.

Students from Henderson Secondary School participating in the Learning Trail @ Alexandra Canal. They were facilitated by students from Crescent Girls’ School. 

The Regent Singapore, one of Alexandra Canal’s adopters sold breakfast food to raise funds for National Cancer Centre Singapore. 

By The Singapore World Water Day Committee


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