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Published: Sunday, 13 May 2018 17:58
EcoKnights had coordinated the Eco Workshop for Kenanga Group in conjunction with Kenanga Earth Month. The workshop focused on DIY coin purse by reusing the milk cartons, aquaponic system and DIY bag by reusing unwanted clothes and linen. Also, EcoKnights and Kenanga Group had conducted an edible garden program at Sungai Bunus riverine area. Around 40 people from Kenanga Group had volunteered in this programme and it was a family event as they brought their family members to join this effort.
The first workshop started on 10th April 2018, which was the DIY coin purse workshop, joined by 30 Kenanga Group employees. The aim of the workshop was to educate the participants to reduce wastage at home and put their creativity to test on upcycling milk cartons and bottled water into items that was practical and can be used anytime. At the end of the workshop, 30 coin purses were successfully made.
The second workshop was on the 17th April 2018 which was conducted by Poptani’s representative, Ashaari Rahmat in which he taught participants about aquaponics. Participants had learnt on how to make an aquaponic system that can be installed in their office, consisting of mostly recycled items. The motive of the workshop was to educate the participants on growing their own food with a basic ecosystem to sustain it. The participants went back with not only their mini versions of an aquaponic but the basic knowledge of the relationship of human and food and the importance of growing your own food.
The final workshop EcoKnights hosted on 24th April 2018 was DIY bags made out of t-shirt and bed linens. The biggest takeaway for the participants was that instead of throwing fabrics away, they could convert old t-shirts and bed linens to either grocery bag or backpack.
On 20th April, over 30 participants from Kenanga Investment Bank and 15 staff of UTM Kuala Lumpur joined an edible garden program that aimed to educate the participants on the diversity of the plants that could be planted in their homes for consumption and as well as to understand the initiatives by UTM of having a community garden. The program started at 9.00 a.m with a welcome speech by Yasmin Rasyid, President of EcoKnights and Chairperson of Sungai Bunus Action Committee. It was then followed by the speech given by Prof. Dr. Shamsul Bin Sahibuddin, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UTM Kuala Lumpur. After the welcoming, there was an officiating of the edible garden.
The participants then attended an Edible Garden Talk by Pn. Siti of UTM to share knowledge on the importance of having an edible garden. The tree planting session is started with a demonstration by Wessel, of EcoKnights about the planting of the herbal plants. 30 herbal plants – rosemary, rose, thyme, cempaka and betels were successfully planted.
After they had finished planting the trees, the Kenanga employees and their family joined the composting workshop which was facilitated by EcoKnights. In this workshop, the employees put theory to practical as they were given materials to execute the techniques of composting with a simulation. The program ended at 11.30 am with a photo session and lunch break.
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