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Sat 01 April 2017: 7.30am – Join us for a very muddy World Water Day mangrove cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang!

Join NUS Toddycats for the third year-round coastal cleanup at Lim Chu Kang. We are determined to clear this area of marine debris and plan to get muddy as we venture deeper into the mangrove this time. Working alongside us on the beach will be volunteers from NUS SAVE.

Transport is provided for 40 people (be sure to choose the right ticket), read all the details (itinerary, safety, site details) at the Eventbirite registration page.

86 remember the Battle of Pasir Panjang at our annual walk and learn about the ridge

Sun 12 Feb 2017 – 86 participants and guides walked together bright and early from 7.00am to 12.00pm in remembrance at the annual Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and we were joined by members of the Malaysia’s Military History Lover’s Club as well as friends from Australia and Japan. We have been sharing news and stories with them over Facebook since the walk.

Several volunteer guides with other museums were with us too. The Pasir Panjang guides shared stories with participants about the history, biology and geography of the ridge (see the webpage) and heard stories ourselves from the many who came.

For photos from the event, see the Pasir Panjang Heritage Facebook page.

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NUS News shared the walk on their Facebook page.

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Guides – Oi Yee, Alvin, Stella, Airani and Sivasothi

888kg of marine trash removed from Lim Chu Kang by 67 Toddycats & friends during the Chinese New Year / World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup

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Sat 04 Feb 2017 – 67 volunteers from Toddycats & Friends removed 888kg of trash in more than 100 trash bags from Lim Chu kang beach and mangrove for the Chinese New Year / World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup.

See “Almost 900kg of rubbish cleared from Lim Chu Kang mangrove,” by Zhaki Abdullah. The Straits Times, 05 Feb 2017 which featured regular volunteer Adrian Lim and his four-year old daughter Elizabeth (see photo below), and the video uploaded earlier the same day here.

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Toddycats roll out a quarterly animal shelter spring cleaning project with “The Shelter Pawject”

Shelters as well as their occupants deserve a good scrub down, so my former students have banded together to start “The Shelter Pawject”. These Toddycats and doggie owners Joys & Grace Tan, Ong Say Lin and Amanda Tan know the need for consistent and thorough work, so have arranged to spring-clean shelters four times a year. Besides that tough work, there will be the joyous activity of bathing, walking and feeding dogs too.

If you are ready to sweat it out, get wet and dirty, and are comfortable around dogs, both big and small, the first scrubdown is at Uncle Khoe’s K9 shelter on Sun 19 Feb, 1.00pm – 4.00pm. There are 20 places, and for details and registration, visit their Facebook page.

The Shelter Pawject

Sat 04 Feb 2017: 7.45am – 11.00am @ Lim Chu Kang – Let’s throw out the trash this Chinese New Year

Help throw out the trash this Chinese New Year with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore team @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove on Saturday 4th Feb 2017: 7.45am – 11.00am. 

Join us in extending some tender loving care to one of our precious mangrove fragments in Singapore. But you will need to ready for hard work, properly fitted out and ready for action – this is not for the faint-hearted!

Transport will be provided from Kranji MRT. Please sign up by Wed 1st Feb 2017.

For details, please head over to the Eventbrite Registration page. Do read the details about safety and preparation please.

Lim Chu Kang beach, Sat 14 Jan 2017

Hefty changkul work contributes to Habitat Enhancement at Chestnut Nature Park

Sat 14 Jan 2017 – Toddycats Amy Choong, Adriane Lee, Ng Kai Scene, Ong Say Lin, Lim Cheng Puay, Airani S and N. Sivasothi aka Otterman joined a group of about 30 Friends of Chestnut Nature Park to kick off ground up events at this latest buffer park.

The session is called a habitat enhancement exercise because this was no ceremonial tree-planting exercise – we had some truly hefty digging to carry out and with some very thorny palms to handle as well. The session was meaningful and we hope to contrite to more sessions which will contribute to gradual restoration of the vegetation composition and canopy cover.

Thanks to NParks for arranging the event with Friends of Chestnut Nature Park.

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Toddycats Ng Kai Scene, Amy Choong and Adriane Lee
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Real changjul work this time
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Lim Cheng Puay also representing NUS’ Ridge View Residential College today
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Some lovely Licuala palms now grow on formerly bare soil
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More photos at the Friends of Chestnut Nature Park Facebook page.

Let’s be conscious consumers – choose RSPO-certified “haze-free” palm oil! [pmhaze.org campaign]

The People’s Movement to Stop Haze pmhaze.org notes the most popular restaurant chains in Singapore use palm oil and not RSPO-Certified cooking oil. We are thus contributing to the haze with the demand for oil palm products which are not attempting to minimise impact to the environment.

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NUS Toddycats! supports PM.Haze‘s call to be conscious consumers by selecting products that uses RSPO-certified “haze-free” palm oil — palm oil produced responsibly by companies which do not engage in haze-causing activities such as burning and deforestation.

You can support the call to switch to RSPO-certified palm oil. Head over to pmhaze.org to sign the petition and learn more.