Dear members, I am posting a request from the Nature Society (Singapore) for volunteers during the Vesak Day long weekend. The note is self-explanatory. If you are interested please contact Ashley Ng at ashleyng at or Ashley Hua at ashleyhua at

From: "ashley ng" <ashleyng at>
Subject: [pigeon-holes] Ops Animal Release - Calling for Volunteers

> Dear friends,
> We are recruiting volunteers / helpers for Vesak Day long weekend (3 days),
> the dates of the operation are 12, 13 and 14th May. You can choose to help
> us from either 9am -12pm or from 3-6pm in areas around MacRitchie, Lower
> Peirce, Upper Peirce, Upper Seletar Reservoir and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
> However, till date, there is only 12 helpers and we need at least 30 - 50
> volunteers to cover these 12 sites for 3 days for this year. PLEASE HELP!!
> Those who volunteer will be issued with Nparks Volunteer Pass and
> tomorrow evening we will be conducting briefing session for volunteers
> on how to approach and educate the public.
> Those who wish to participate but couldn't make it to this Thursday evening
> briefing session, you are still welcome to join us. Just email me and i will
> fix you another briefing session on a later date.
> With metta,
> Ash
> ashleyhua at
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Genevie CHUA" <Genevie_CHUA at>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 6:42 PM
> Subject: Volunteer Meeting on 4th May, 6.30pm at BTNR
> Dear Volunteers,
> A gentle reminder that this coming Thursday, 6.30pm at the meeting room of
> Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, we are having a meeting to discuss about the
> upcoming "Operation No Release" which we have also organised in 2004 and
> 2005. These "operations" aim to reduce the number of animals being released
> into our nature reserves and reservoirs, especially during the Vesak Day
> period, where most cases of releasing animals occur.
> In 2004, more than 30 volunteers helped us by stationing at various
> strategic location near the reservoirs within the nature reserves to stop
> and advise people who were there to release animals. 44 cases were noted in
> 2004. Last year, we had only 7 cases- a significant drop which reflect that
> the hard work of the staff and volunteers had paid off. This does not mean
> that we should rest on our laurels this year- let's aim for 0 cases and
> more awareness on this issue! But we can't do it without you!
> During this meeting, besides discussing the details of "Operation No
> Release", we will also like to invite suggestions on how volunteers can go
> about helping us in reducing other illegal activities in the nature
> reserves.
> The dates of the operation are 12, 13 and 14th May. You can help us from
> 9am -12pm or from 3-6pm in areas around MacRitchie, Lower Peirce, Upper
> Peirce and Upper Seletar Reservoir.
> If you would like to help but cannot attend the meeting, pls let me know
> the date, time (am/pm), the location you would like to have your "little
> picnic" or "bird-watching session" at and your contact numbers. I will also
> send those who will be helping more details after the meeting.
> Cheers
> Chua Yen Kheng Outreach Officer (Central Nature Reserve) National Parks
> Board Tel: +65 65545127 Fax: +65 64553605