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NorthWest CDC organized a networking session for green club teachers and training for green club students on the 22 March. Nope, we’re not exactly a green club, but we still went because it happens to be in line with our cause, that is to promote active recycling (:

When we reached Woodlands Library, where the session was held, many other schools were already there. We also Ms Ng, the green club teacher from Marsling Secondary.

That’s Moira, Anabelle and Melissa bubbling with excitement.

We attended a workshop on the 3Rs of recycling, and we even made posters! The following are some photos of us working on our 3R posters. (Some of the pictures might be very blur, because the camera was not really good. Apologies!)

Look at everyone busy making their 3R posters!

Here’s Anabelle writing “Be Green”. Yes, heed what she says!

Sophia and Moira are busy designing the poster.

Hooray to our completed posters! From left to right are Anabelle, Melissa, Rachel Tan H.P., Chun Hui, Moira and Sophia. Unfortunately, Rachel Tan X.E. (yes, there are 2 Rachels) and Rachelle were unable to make it.

Those pretty posters displayed on the stage are done by the green clubs and us.

Following the making of the posters, we went for a reception. We were all starving by then, so off we went to get the food. They were noodles, vermicelli, kuehs, eclairs, bread, and fruit punch. We’re sorry to tell you that there are no pictures of the food because we were all busy eating 😀

And that was the end of the networking session. Thus, I shall end this post with a group photo:

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I’m finding it a little difficult to write on behalf of Project GREASE (seeing as I am only 1 of 8 people) so I’ll be making this entry a little more personal, hope you don’t mind. =)

Only 2 of us were able to make it for the 2nd oil collection due to clashing schedules with House Practice which many of our members were involved in.

We ran low on manpower that day so most groups had only two people instead of three.

Of course, during the course of the oil collection we learnt to communicate better and I daresay my oral Mandarin has improved by a very minimal margin due to communication with Chinese speaking residents!

We knocked on less than half the doors of the last collection, and filled up our bottles to the brim, which satisfied us tremendously. I remember one unit where we collected a chunk of frozen oil!

It looked rather like cheesecake and I probably would have eaten it if not for the oily smell. I think that was the best part of the whole collection, other than getting to know the lifestyle of students in Marsiling better (most of my ‘knowledge’ was inferred from their conversations, though).

‘Inspired’ by this situation, I’d like to say this to everyone who is reading this entry: Oil does not have to be frozen. Under no circumstances are you required to freeze the oil before handing it over to us.

Now that it’s all said and done, I’d like to wish everyone an early March Holiday blessing, don’t worry too much if you have a mountain of homework waiting for you to do! I’m sure there will be things for you to do to de-stress, like reading our blog!

Oh, the author still doesn’t have any photographs from any of the oil collections, but she will put them up if she gets hold of any. =)

Edit: Here are some photos for you to enjoy!

After oil collection

And that was the end of another day at Woodlands (:

The 2nd generation of Project GREASE members had their first taste of oil collection on Saturday, 30th Jan 2010.

Marsiling Secondary is a school that has volunteered to help in our movement to convert oil into soap. Their Green Club will be collecting oil in their area and also make soaps in their school.

We were all taken aback by the sheer number of people mobilised to help in the oil collection as we didn’t know what to expect. Of course, coming from an  all girls school we weren’t exactly the most comfortable around the guys from Marsiling’s Green Club…

Needless to say, being completely green (no pun intended) to oil collection, we left the first few door-to-door visitations to the Marsiling students who were more than happy to guide us (we hope!). We learnt the ropes as quickly as we could and then began to actively participate in the oil collection.

We went from unit to unit to advocate our purpose and project, and though we were turned down more often than not, we were not discouraged. We even collected a few large bottles full of used oil!

It was a wonderful experience to be learning from others instead of teaching (like we would do during workshops)! Also, although we had to wake up ‘bright’ and early we were glad we came! It is nice to know how far Project GREASE has spread.

Sadly, the author currently does not have any photos of the event but she’ll be sure to upload them the minute she receives them!

Edit: Photos! 😀

Project GREASE and Marsling Secondary School

Students from Marsling Secondary eagerly collecting info

We truly enjoyed ourselves then! Many thanks goes to Marsling Secondary for their invaluable help and support (:

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Project Grease team 2008 and 2009 has graduated to RIJC! Congratulations!

Hi everyone, we are the NEW team for Project GREASE 2010 and 2011. We are a group of sec3 students passionate about saving the environment. However, apologies in advance for being slow in starting activities, because as this is a new team, we have to settle administrative matters in “registering” our project. Sorry for that!

We’ll continue to work hard! Thank you for all your support!

Melissa Tham (team leader), Anabelle Koong, Lien Chun Hui, Moira Low, Rachel Tan X.E., Rachel Tan H.P., Rachelle Lee & Sophia Wong.

Project GREASE had their first outreach in 3 months today! It was held at Pasir Ris Blk 575 Multi-Purpose Hall, and four of us were greeted with loud booming music the moment we reached the scene. We began to set up, then followed the usual procedures: talk to interested passers-by, visit the other booths and grab a bite ourselves.

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Despite the long interval between our last outreach and today’s, setting up our booth just felt like the most natural thing in the world. (:

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A group photo at a newly set-up booth is a must-have every outreach.

At 6pm, kids started streaming in, and we got our very first batch of curious, earnest listeners.

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Brenda is a pro with kids!

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Watch the little girl whisper secrets into Brenda’s ear!

The event was from 6pm to 9pm, so gradually the sky darkened. Since it was a Children’s Day Party, there was much fun and games to occupy the children with, including the quirky song and dances below.

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We engage in deep, thoughtful discussion while the kids have fun.

Nah, just kidding – we’re human too! We pig out.

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Minutes later we were back to business.

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The clock strikes 8.45 pm! Time to pack up; it’s the children’s bedtime (:

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We are hardy and fresh, despite the three hours of outreaching!

We begin to pack up.

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Hurray!

Project GREASE is wholeheartedly supportive of such events, because we feel that all of us should be environmentally-conscious from a young age. Hopefully habits can be better ingrained and values can be inculcated early in life, so they can all grow up to be responsible adults (and proactive agents of change!). Hurray for Children’s Day!

On the 13th of June (Sat), we held a soap-making workshop for members of the public – some had signed up through Fernvale Environmental Day, others by commenting on our blog or emailing us. There were a few groups, such as “Chris and Family”, “Jason and Eva from VFC” and “Project Orion”. As usual, we first gave a presentation on our project before following it with the hands-on; at the end of the workshop, we also took down orders for NaOH and thermometers from the enthusiastic particiapants.

Project GREASE regrets to say that as a result of only 3 people facilitating the workshop this time round, there weren’t alot of opportunities for us to take photos.

Our wonderful workshop participants!

Our wonderful workshop participants!

Chris had commented on our blog on behalf of her 10-member family, and requested to learn soap-making from us.

Jason and Eva are from Victory Family Centre (VFC), and would like to spread the soap-making knowledge they learn to those in Bangladesh. They’ll be flying there to do various construction works, and improve the locals’ quality of life.

Group shot of Project Orion and us at the end of the workshop.

Group shot of Project Orion and us at the end of the workshop.

Project Orion is Voluntary Service Project by a team active in turtle conservation and many other causes they believe in (such as mangrove replantation and repair work for villagers). You can go to the following address to read their blog and find out more about them: http://www.projectorion2009.blogspot.com/ 

(there are tons of pictures in their soap-making workshop post, which is just a click away – http://projectorion2009.blogspot.com/2009/06/pre-event-raffles-girls-school.html :D)

The workshop went smoothly without a hitch and was a success. On another note, Project GREASE sincerely hopes the people we reach out to will in turn spread the soap-making knowledge to others, just as groups such as Project BARAY and Project Orion have done, and Jason and Eva plan to do.

On this brilliantly bright Sunday morning, 4 Project GREASErs ventured over to Blk 412 of Fernvale Link for our latest outreach event – Fernvale Environmental Day. Huffing and puffing with all our usual booth materials with only half the number of hands to carry them, we arrived to be greeted by a sight only Singaporeans can identify with.

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There, smack in the middle of several HDB housing estates, was the Fernvale Environmental Day we were looking for!

Our booth was conveniently allocated beside a bench, which we inadvertently used as a temporary dumping ground for assorted booth materials. Then it was set-up time!

…in some 15 minutes, our booth was nicely laid out as per any outreach event, and we started skipping around happily while waiting for the event to officially commence. (: fpost_03

We had some time in our hands before the event would officially commence, so we strolled around to learn more about what the other booths had to offer. There were some really interesting displays – for instance, that of a shirt made from 20 plastic bottles (it felt like any normal dry-fit shirt, if you’re wondering), and a warm, (seemingly-)woolly blanket made from 70 plastic bottles. fpost_04

Save the Earth, wooyeah!

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Sharing our project with the public

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A member of the organizing committee interviewing 2 enthusiastic Project GREASE-rs.

After presenting our project to some curious passers-by, the sky started to rumble. Ironically so, since it was only about 30 minutes before that we were forced to move a booth to a shadier site to avoid the noon sun! Just as we were about to gather up our booth materials and head for the void deck, a whole entourage of people ventured over to our booth. The Guest of Honour, Dr. Lam Pin Min, MP who represents Ang Mo Kio GRC, was here to say hello!

In a short span of 5 minutes, a whole comprehensive overview of our project was dished out in a convoluted platter to Dr. Lam, by us ever-zealous Project GREASE-rs.

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Right after the GOH’s departure, the skies started to pour (you can already glimpse the overcast sky in the photos above!), so Project GREASE had no choice but to make a headway for the nearby void deck.

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Lo and behold – a “group” photo, complete with a rainy backdrop, to top it all off.

Fernvale Environmental Day, as were all the various outreach events we’ve had the privilege to be invited to so far, was indeed an insightful eye-opener for us all. All these heartening communal efforts to propagate the message of environmental conservation only serves to further motivate us in bringing fourth our cause, because it goes to show that people do care passionately about environmental issues.