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Singapore Olympians support Plant-A-Tree Programme

4 | 7 | 2019

Olympic Day celebrations in Singapore had an environmental theme this year with Olympians teaming up to plant trees and raise awareness on conservation issues.

Olympians Singapore, the National Olympians Association, contributed to the Garden City Fund and joined over 100 participants in planting 50 trees at Woodlands Waterfront Park as part of a Plant-A-Tree initiative. 

The programme is a move by Singapore’s National Parks Board to boost greening and conservation efforts in the city-state as part of its Forest Restoration Action Plan

In addition to planting trees, Olympians Singapore teamed up with the National Olympic Council and joined over 1,500 participants on the Olympic Day Walk. Olympic sailor Koh Seng Leong (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008) read the Olympic Day Message and Olympic swimmer Tao Li (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) lit the torch and led the participants through the course. The Olympic Day Walk also coincided with the Singapore Tennis Festival and Olympians were able to join locals in a number of fun activities. 

“It was a fantastic occasion to be part of and a great honour to read out the Olympic Day Message,” said Koh Seng Leong. “It makes me proud to be able to contribute to my country and help inspire those around me to reach for their dreams.”

“I loved lighting the torch and leading everyone on the Olympic Day walk”, added Tao Li. “I think it’s important to lead by example and show future generations the benefits of keeping active and living by the Olympic Values.”