J.C. Jacobsen Foundation, the charity outreach of Carlsberg Malaysia, hosted a day out for 60 volunteers to make Sungai Kanching near Templer’s Park a cleaner place as well as raise awareness on river ecosystems.
The volunteers, comprising foundation chairman Datuk Lim Say Chong, Carlsberg Malaysia employees and members from two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) — Kelah Association of Malaysia (Kagum) and Rotary Club of Bangsar — rolled up their sleeves to clean up the riverbanks.
Throughout the half-day community work, volunteers learned about the freshwater fishes, enjoyed the fresh air and beautiful scenery and discovered the importance of the river ecosystem around Templer’s Park.
“The foundation, since its launch in June this year, has been actively engaging with various NGOs on means to make our environment a better, cleaner and sustainable one.
Focusing on water conservation, we have disbursed a total cash sponsorship of RM30,000 to a few NGOs in support of the upgrading and cleaning of the Sungai Liam waterfall in Ulu Yam and Sungai Kanching river in Templer’s Park.
“We believe it is important to build awareness and inculcate the mindset of water conservation.
“Besides getting their hands dirty, the initiative also gave our volunteers the chance to deepen their knowledge of Malaysian rivers as a source of water and habitat,” Lim said.
Kagum representative Bob Chang said rivers in Malaysia were an important habitat to many exotic and unique fishes that can only be found in this part of the world.
With increased urban development, many rivers have been either polluted or eroded, which in turn affects the ecosystem.
Rotary Club of Bangsar vice-president Michael Pua said it was important that the younger generation learned to appreciate Mother Nature at an early stage in their lives, as this would instil a spirit of conservation and preservation.
According to volunteer Alex Leong, the day was meaningful as everyone played a part to make the river a cleaner place.
“Each of us came back with a huge bag full of rubbish. One volunteer even found a lost handbag that has money and an identity card in it, which he sent to the park’s official,” Leong said.
This is not the first time that the foundation has organised an environment-related programme for its volunteers.
In September this year, the foundation took 80 volunteers to the Sungai Liam waterfall in Ulu Yam to rejuvenate and clean the area.