Projects & Activities - Community Year 2008

RAS participates in South West Community Development Council (CDC) Public Health Awards

RAS was honoured to be invited as a judge for the 4th Public Health Awards judging ceremony held by the SWCDC. Tasked with evaluating cleanliness standards of toilets and HDB blocks nominated for the awards for five days was indeed challenging but an enjoyable experience. Prior to the judging, SWCDC also invited the RAS to train some ITE students on how to assess toilets as part of their role as student judges. The 1 hour training held at JTC Summit and feedback from them revealed that they gained invaluable knowledge and were more appreciative of proper toilet culture.

On the 5th day of the audits, Dr. Amy Khor, Mayor of Southwest CDC graced us with her presence, offering her support for the event. We believe she was pleased with the conditions at one of the nominated venues, Yuhua Food Centre and endorsed our opinion that their toilets were of a high standard. The Straits Times and Lianhe Wanbao newspapers sent representatives to cover the event and interview our representative. We thank Southwest CDC and the NEA for the opportunity to participate in this event and look forward to an invitation next year.

First Inter Agencies Working Committee meeting

If the LOO Campaign is targeted to achieve at least 70% 3-star Happy Toilets by 2010, then the inception of the Inter Agencies Working Committee or IAWC is part of our vision and long-term plan to achieve "Every Restroom like Changi Airport" (ERICA). Supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA), RAS co-chaired its first IAWC meeting with the World Toilet Organisation (WTO) on 6 October 2008 at the Environment Building.

Present at the first IAWC meeting were representatives from Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Environmental Management Association of Singapore, Housing and Development Board, JTC Corporation, Land Transport Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board, National Trades Union Congress, PUB, Singapore Action Group of Elders, Singapore Kindness Movement, Singapore Sports Council, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, SMRT Corporation Ltd, Society for the Physically Disabled, South West Community Development Council, Unit for Contract and Casual Workers (UCCW) and World Toilet College.

Served to introduce and tackle problems persisting with dirty toilets, the RAS and WTO jointly presented detailed information informing its member representatives of current problems, requirements and potential solutions. A good cross section of toilet owners, cleaners and users was present to pledge their commitment to propose and implement solutions. Seen as a quarterly initiative, the next IAWC meeting is slated to be held at Changi Airport on 7 January 2009 with the focus being on toilet owners.

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Semakau Corporate Environmental Outreach (CEO) Run

The RAS re-affirmed its commitment to the 3P partnership by once again participating in the Semakau CEO Run on the 19th of October. Along with 5 other Non-Government Organisations, the RAS exhibited its current and forthcoming initiatives that garnered towards all aspects of environmental conservation and corporate social responsibility. Our President, Ms. Tan Puay Hoon also graciously volunteered her time to participate in the Run.

After the run, the event's Guest of Honour, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim expressed his support to our initiatives and offered kind words of encouragement and support for our forthcoming activities when he visited our exhibits.

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RAS showcases its exhibits at the "South West Community Development Council (CDC) District Meeting 2008"

As a close partner with South West CDC, RAS showcased its displays, including video footages on its programmes to the attendees of the South West CDC District Meeting on 27 July 08 at HortPark. The Guest of Honour, Minister Lim Boon Heng accompanied by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Acting Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong, Mayor Amy Khor and Advisers launched the draft Environment and Community (ECo) Plan South West for public feedback. The plan looks at both environmental and social sustainability - three goals focus on the environment and two focus on the community.

The third goal on building a clean community by maintaining public health and a clean environment stated that the district will develop the Toilets Volunteer Assessor Programme, where volunteers will be trained by RAS to assess cleanliness in public toilets. The District Meeting is an annual meeting to engage and gather feedback or ideas from community stakeholders such as Advisers, council members and representatives from community and corporate partners, school, grassroots organisations, welfare organisations and relevant government agencies to better serve the community.

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RAS does its part for the "Aljunied GRC Zero Litter Month"

As an esteemed partner in litter prevention and environmental management, RAS was invited by the Aljunied Town Council to share its programmes with the community at the "Aljunied GRC Zero Litter Month" launched by Guest of Honour (GOH), Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo on 3 May 08, at Harmony Park in Hougang. Some of the objectives of this launch were to showcase the respective projects launched last year under the Zero Litter Plan 2011, show appreciation and recognition to the cleaners and educate the young especially children on playing their part to be responsible citizens to the environment.

Apart from the GOH and MPs, the event was also attended by residents as well as Grassroots Leaders. During the tour of our exhibition area, apart from receiving our complimentary bookmarks, Minister George Yeo was also given a clearer picture of our programmes. RAS was one of the most-visited exhibition areas that day with residents, both young and old, approaching us for more details of our programmes.

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RAS invited to be part of "YOUth Got Heart"

RAS was invited by the Raffles Junior College Interact Club to participate in their community service road show and volunteer festival, "YOUth Got Heart". The road show was organised to expose students from schools in the Toa Payoh-Bishan area to various types of community services and service learning opportunities.

About 20 Voluntary Welfare Organisations including RAS participated in the road show on 2nd February and RAS was invited to give a talk, "Doing your part for cleaner toilets" to promote toilet cleanliness and volunteer opportunities. RAS received very warm responses with more than 25 students convinced by our talk to join us as volunteers. RAS also gave an introductory talk about its organisation and flagship programs namely our "Happy Toilet School Education (HTSE)" and "Happy Toilet Program (HTP)".

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RAS invited to be part of "Green Schools @ South West"

RAS and the South West CDC jointly launched a "Happy Toilet Programme" in schools under the programme "My School Shines @ South West" last year. This year, RAS was invited to be part of their enhanced programme "Green Schools @ South West".

The launch of "Green Schools @ South West" on 20th February officiated by Mayor of South West District, Dr Amy Khor, saw some 36 schools taking part in the programme. The programme comprises of five environmental messages which the schools are encouraged to follow. They are "A Litter-Free Environment", "Clean, Dry & Sparkling Toilets", "A Community That Does Not Spread Bugs", "Energy Efficiency & Climate Change" and "Reduce, Reuse & Recycle".

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