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Dear Friends,

It was an incredibly eventful week of programmes and activities for Waterways Watch Society! We facilitated a total of 6 environmental programmes in the past week which included 3 kayak clean-up programmes for employees from the Ministry of Finance (14 pax), Hotelbeds Pte Ltd (18 pax) and our sponsor, Pratt and Whitney (18 pax); a CSR programme involving both kayak and foot clean-ups for employees from Friends Provident (25 pax), a pedal-boat clean-up programme for 12 participants from Old Mutual International, as well as a bicycle clean-up programme 37 students from North Vista Secondary School. We also organized a recce for Beam Suntory in preparation for their upcoming programme with us in September.  We are pleased to announce that we will be having our first L.O.V.E Punggol Bike Trail, sponsored by OCBC in October and our third assembly talk sponsored by MPA next week.

Over the week, we conducted 2 weekday patrols at Punggol and 2 weekend patrols at Marina, involving a total of 21 members which includes a new volunteer at Punggol. We only organized boat patrol (2 boats) for our Sunday patrol at Marina and there was no bike patrol. Our regular Sunday patrol at Punggol was cancelled due to our Annual General Meeting (AGM 2018). A total of 6 fishing engagements was done whereas no anti-littering engagements was conducted. Besides our regular patrols, a few of our volunteers at Punggol participated in a joint night patrol with NParks and LTA enforcers last Wednesday. The joint patrol team was also well received by the residents of Punggol. Many residents showed the team their acknowledgements and expressed their concerns with regards to the issues of mobility devices and bicycles. This greatly motivates our team. We plan to have our next joint patrol sometime after October 18 and intend to request for a later operational timing as most of our volunteers are working. We also hope to have more of our members joining us in this meaningful session.

Our AGM 2018 was held on Sunday at our Kallang headquarters, with a total attendance of 46 members. It was delightful to see a number of new members attending the meeting, and also several pioneer members who have joined us since the founding of our society. Besides discussing on the serious matters, it was also a fun gathering for our members as we celebrated our dear staff, Ms Diane’s birthday and our volunteer leader, Mr Edward winning the title of “Most Popular Volunteer”. The full report of our AGM will be available on our website soon.  We look forward to AGM 2019!

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