Singapore, 2 October 2013 – 83 volunteers from StarHub, Singapore’s fully integrated infocommunications provider, planted 100 trees today on Pulau Ubin, off Singapore’s mainland.
This initiative by StarHub is part of the NParks’ 1963 Commemorative Tree Planting to celebrate 50 Years of Greening Singapore. This year, Singapore is honouring former Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s planting of a Mempat tree in 1963 to seed his vision of Singapore being a distinctive and attractive place in which to live.
“StarHub firmly believes in preserving our natural environment,” shared Ms Caitlin Fua, Assistant Vice-President, Corporate Communications, who planted the trees alongside StarHub volunteers this morning. “After all, we only have one planet so it is vital that we all take responsibility to protect it.”
This is the second time StarHub, whose corporate colour coincidentally is green, is planting trees under NParks—they planted 30 trees in Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve last year.
Pulau Ubin has areas formerly occupied by villagers are usually overgrown with exotic vegetation that prevents the natural regeneration of native species. Hence, the trees that were planted included native species Aquilaria malaccensis and Macaranga gigantea, commonly known here as Eaglewood and Giant Mahang respectively.
After planting the trees, the StarHub volunteers were treated to a guided tour of Chek Jawa, 100 hectares of perhaps Singapore’s richest eco-system located in the eastern part of Pulau Ubin.
“Planting trees is an excellent way to raise environmental awareness amongst our staff in an engaging and interactive way,” revealed Ms Fua. “And while we were here, we decided to take the opportunity to tour Check Jawa so that our staff can gain a deeper appreciation of Singapore’s nature and our diverse flora and fauna.”
“It is great that StarHub is doing its part towards contributing to Singapore’s City in a Garden,” enthused Ms Lau Tze Mei, from StarHub’s Corporate Administration, who came also to interact with her StarHub colleagues staff and get some exercise. “Climate change is unstoppable. We are already witnessing its detrimental effects and that is why we should conserve the environment.”
Mr Kelvid Pang, from StarHub’s Consumer Business Group, agreed wholeheartedly. “It is a good effort to conserve the environment, which is important for the improved living and sustainability of the next generation,” he said. “I really enjoyed the guided tour of Chek Jawa which helped me to better understand our local eco-system.”
Besides raising environmental awareness amongst staff, StarHub also encourages their customers to join in and do their part for the planet.
For instance, StarHub customers can save trees by subscribing to MyStarHub e-bill. This service is available to all StarHub customers who have at least one active personal StarHub Mobile, StarHub TV, MaxOnline and Digital Voice service.
StarHub Green Bill provides customers with paperless billing that includes SMS or email alerts when their bill is ready. Customers enjoy the freedom of accessing their bills online, as well as the convenience of making online payment anytime. StarHub customers are invited to log on to My Account Manager at www.starhub.com/hubid to sign up for the StarHub Green Bill and do their part to help save the trees.
StarHub customers can also use their StarHub Rewards Points to redeem a tax-deductible donation to World Wide Fund (Singapore) Conservation Fund. StarHub is the only local company to offer customers the opportunity to do their part for the environment using Rewards points. To make a donation, please visit the Rewards page on www.starhub.com.
“Everyone has a part to play in environmental conservation,” concluded Ms Fua. “StarHub hopes that all staff and customers will come together and work towards a greener world.”
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