The month of March 2015 saw Keppel Land supporting two nationwide events organised in conjunction with Singapore’s World Water Day (WWD) celebrations.
WWD started as a United Nations initiative to heighten public awareness on the 768 million people who lack access to fresh drinking water and sanitation. WWD also advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
GREEN CORRIDOR RUN
On 8 March 2015, over 7,000 people from 69 different countries gathered at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for the highly anticipated Green Corridor Run.
Guest-of-Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, flagged off the race. CEO of Keppel Land, Mr Ang Wee Gee, and Chief Executive of PUB, the national water agency, Mr Ng Joo Hee, were also in attendance.
This year marks the third instalment of the event and the inaugural Keppel Land Water Challenge, a segment of the run that allows participants to experience what it is like for those in developing countries to walk long distances daily to fetch clean water for safe consumption and domestic use.
As part of the challenge, over 500 participants carried jerry cans of recycled water from the start to the finish line, clocking a total distance of 10.5km. For every litre poured into the ceremonial well at Bukit Timah Railway Station, the organisers donated a dollar to charity: water, a non-profit organisation that coordinates and builds clean water projects in countries in need.
Mr Ang said, “Our support for this year’s Green Corridor Run is in line with Keppel Land’s proactive approach towards sustainability. Keppel Land seeks to enhance the quality of life of communities wherever we operate and we want to encourage our different stakeholders to join us as we make strides in our green journey.”
Among the participants of the run were senior management from the Keppel Land Group, including CFO Mr Lim Kei Hin, President (Singapore) Mr Tan Swee Yiow and Keppel REIT’s Senior VP of Investment, Mr Wong Cho Wai, as well as staff from Keppel Land and Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation.
In addition, about 20 staff from Keppel Land participated in the Keppel Land Water Challenge, crossing the finish line at the historic Bukit Timah Railway Station with aching arms but warm hearts.
Gasper Wong, Senior Project Manager, Keppel Land, was glad to be part of the Water Challenge. He shared, “Carrying 3.5 kg of water over a distance of 10.5 km is quite tiring, especially with the sun beating down your back. My heart goes out to those in developing countries who have been carrying more water over further distances than I have today. I hope that the efforts of the Water Challenge participants today have managed to drive home the important message of water conservation.”
Tan Yali, Associate at Alpha Investment Partners, who embarked on the Challenge with her partner, shared, “As I walked in the shoes of those who carry water over long distances for survival, I reflected on how lucky Singaporeans are to have access to clean drinking water at the mere turn of a tap, despite not having adequate natural resources in our small city state. The Keppel Land Water Challenge was indeed a meaningful experience which reminded me to never take water for granted.”