Today, on the 11th July 2009, we were part of something significant, writing a new chapter in Singapore history, whereby Australian Alumni Singapore, came together with different representatives and volunteers from various Australian Alumni Universities for a common goal, an event known as the
Southern Ridges Canopy Walk 2009 – Alumni Unite and Walk Together !
There was a great turnout and many alumni members of various Australian Universities as well as local Universities alumni, students of local institutions such as James Cook, Bristol and friends of alumni gathered at Mount Faber Car Park B, to collect their goodie bags and event t-shirt. With many different Universities Alumni banners, it was great to see participation from many different bodies coming together.
This wonderful event was graced by Mr Sam Tan, (Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts), Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, who flagged off the event at 0815 hrs, with other distinguished guests too. The crowds started moving off with the banners in front leading the rest of the contingents and the rest of the people followed.
Rain came earlier than expected (it was expected in the afternoon) and it disrupted the participants walking off. Some chose to continue walking in the rain while some others chose to wait for the rain to cease for a while before carrying on with the walk. For UQAAS, some of the members chose to walk faster while the other half waited at Jewel Box for shelter and rain to stop. Once we saw the weather clearing, the rest of the UQAAS contingent continued our leisure walk, chatting and taking photos along the way.
We walked from Mount Faber to firstly Henderson Wave Bridge, Telok Blangah Hill Park, before going into the forest walk where the metallic bridges were and finally crossing Alexandra Arch into Hort Park, whereby most of the participants had already arrived. There were huge buzz and enjoying the light food and drinks at the Hort Park, networking with friends from other alumni, taking photos of Hort Park, relaxing and enjoying their Saturday morning walk. The weather turned sunny at Hort Park, clear weather and brightening up the day.
As for UQAAS, we had a number of group photos with our banner, having different poses and fellow UQAAS Ex-Co members coming forward to take photos, thus allowing me to be in the pictures for some of them. Do check out more photos here on my Flickr !
Overall, it was an awesome event and we were very proud and happy to be part of a new chapter, new friendships, new beginning, wider networking and of course, a part of Singapore’s history.