Two weeks prior to the awards ceremony, the RAS was notified by the organiser, Hillview Civilians Club, about its nomination for the Exponents of Environment Category under the Silent Heroes Awards and was invited to the awards ceremony at Shangri-la Hotel on 27th August. RAS was conferred the award for its contributions and was proud to become the first environmental organisation to clinch the Silent Heroes Awards. The winners / nominees of the Environment category award have actively been involved in environmental efforts and have positively made a significant impact on Singapore’s society but have largely remained invisible or unrecognised for their efforts.
According to the judging criteria, RAS was selected for its consistent work and success in environment-driven initiatives and its multi-faceted involvement including awareness, fund-raising and education. RAS was also selected for its active role in working with government bodies and institutions to improve policies. RAS has not gained any significant prior recognition or awards for such efforts since it was founded in 1998. Going into its third year, the Silent Heroes Awards was launched by Guest-of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for the Education and Trade and Industry and Mayor of South West CDC, on 23rd May which was also the day when the nomination process commenced.
RAS certifies another major tourist attraction under the Happy Toilet Programme (HTP)
Three years after major tourist attractions The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Sentosa were certified, the Merlion Park became the latest major tourist attraction to come on board the Happy Toilet Programme (HTP). Its service provider Anchor Cleaning Agency went the extra mile of fully paying the fees for the HTP accreditation which are usually either paid for by owners or shared among owners and service providers. Apart from Anchor Cleaning Agency, Transquest Supplies, the service provider of SMRT train stations, and both IGM Services and LS2 Services, the service providers of Jalan Besar Town Council hawker centres, also initiated HTP payments. HTP is positively viewed as an effective public toilet-rating programme which serves as a third-party independent assessment on the performance of service providers.
Over the years, there are even owners who have incorporated HTP accreditation in their tender documents as performance indicators for service providers. With service providers accredited under the National Environment Agency Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme, HTP accreditation has become one of the factors that can effectively position a service provider above the rest of its competitors when tendering for contracts. In 2012, in their bid to offer value-added services and to commit on service excellence, two service providers namely IS Cleaning Services and Integrated Property Management, applied for the HTP accreditation of 6 shopping malls managed by AsiaMalls.
RAS engages the help of Nan Chiau High students to raise funds through Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes (YFC) 2016
After their successful selection for the Citi-YMCA YFC since May, a team called Operation Umbaka consisting of four passionate Nan Chiau High students demonstrated their utmost determination not only in raising over $6,000 for cleaning attendants but also rolling up their sleeves to clean public toilets at hawker centres so as to genuinely experience the physically demanding work of cleaning attendants. From 20th and 21st June, the students successfully mobilised their peers to jointly clean toilets at Serangoon Garden Market and Chomp Chomp Hawker Centre.
In July, the students actively raised funds through street sales of self-made scented candles and other events such as its school cross country race. This was followed by a final carnival at the Rivervale Plaza shopping mall on 14th August. Apart from organising games and activities to raise funds, the students also showcased their creativity with a display board for shoppers to pen down their appreciation towards cleaning attendants. The board was then presented together with lucky draw prizes and grocery vouchers to the attendants. The public can continue to support for this noble cause by making a minimum donation of $10 online at Giving.sg, a secured charity donation portal and tax deduction is available for all donations.
RAS shares its Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme (HTPP) with principals and teachers
For the sixth time since 2010, RAS was invited by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to set up a booth at the Pre-school Environmental Education Advisor Networking Session on 26th July to promote its newly launched Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme (HTPP). Prior to the start of the networking session, enthusiastic principals and teachers were already congregating at our booth to learn more about the complimentary HTPP accreditation which was applicable to only new preschools signing up at the event.
Queues formed at our booth with close to 30 preschools signing up for the HTPP. While joining the queue, principals and teachers were kept busy with information about the Japanese ozone air and water solutions provided to them by our partner Adsec Singapore. Upon signing up for the HTPP, principals and teachers were given samples of PurSoft tissue products by our partner Universal Sovereign Trading. Besides RAS, NEA also invited the Singapore Environment Council and a few preschools to showcase their exhibits at the event.