Access to Clean Drinking Water Continue for Indonesian Villagers with Support from the Public this Christmas

Singapore, 12 December 2013 – Metro for Children Charity (MFC) has launched a fundraising campaign titled “Walk in Their Shoes” to mobilise public support for Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Water for Life (Lamongan) project this Christmas. The three-year clean water project initiated and managed by the SIF and sponsored by MFC, has provided 15,000 Indonesian school-going children and adults with access to clean drinking water since its launch in June 2013. With funds raised through public donations drive across Metro stores in December 2012, 30 membrane water filters have been installed in schools and communities in Lamongan Regency, Indonesia.

This year, the annual charity drive aims to raise approximately S$100,000 for the project and is a platform for the public to contribute to the cause, as well as to raise awareness on difficulties many rural communities face in getting access to clean drinking water. Working in partnership with Pioneer Junior College, MFC has organised an outdoor water relay race where teams of five will compete in a 5km walk within two hours, to draw attention to the long distances people in rural Lamongan have to travel to obtain clean water.

Funds raised will go towards the purchase of additional membrane water filters that provide clean and safe drinking water for 50,000 Indonesians the project is expected to impact. Public donations will also be used to support the participation of PJC students in conducting community education programmes. Additionally, funds will enable SIF to send its first batch of Singapore specialist volunteers to equip the local public agency with water management skills so as to improve quality of public services.

Ms Jacqueline Tan, Head of Metro for Children Charity shares, “With support from big-hearted Metro shoppers last Christmas, our Indonesian friends in Lamongan were able to receive the gift of clean water through the SIF’s Water for Life (Lamongan) project. I hope the public will continue to support this cause generously in the spirit of the season, to help achieve an improvement in the lives of our friends”.

Ms Margaret Thevarakom, Director of International Volunteerism, SIF, shares, “We are thankful for the dedicated efforts of our partner Metro for Children Charity and a generous public who has contributed to the project; collectively we have brought about better health and well-being for our Indonesian friends in Lamongan, and I encourage the public to spread the festive cheer by contributing to the cause.”.

From 1-24 December, the public may make donations to support this effort in all Metro stores (Paragon, Woodlands, Sengkang, City Square), where shoppers will receive a booklet of exclusive deals at Metro, as well as the following tokens of appreciation for every donation they make:

Donation Amount (S$) Metro Token of Appreciation
$2 Animal plush pen
$12 Small animal plush toy
$24 Big animal plush toy

The public can also support this fundraiser by purchasing specially produced water tumblers displaying winning entries from Lamongan students who participated in a drawing competition organised by Metro during the project’s launch. The tumblers are priced at S$19.90 and all sale proceeds will go towards the charity.

The public is invited to witness the “Walk in Their Shoes” water relay race taking place on 15 December 2013 from 4.00pm to 6.30 pm along Orchard Road. https://www.metro.com.sg

 

 

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