The Aviation Community Comes Together to Help the Less Fortunate in Aviation Run 2011
Aviation Community Cares launched
Demonstrating their commitment to help the less fortunate, the aviation community came together at the Changi Exhibition Centre to participate inAviation Run 2011and witness the launch ofAviation Community Cares. Spearheaded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS),Aviation Community Caresis an overarching platform for the aviation community to make a positive and sustainable impact on the society and the environment. Through activities such asAviation Run 2011, aviation partners can rally to for instance raise funds for the 70 charities supported by the Community Chest, and support responsible practices for a greener environment.
Aviation Run 2011saw S$228,888 being raised with the generous support and contributions of aviation partners for the less fortunate. Close to 3,000 runners from 170 aviation organisations participated inAviation Run 2011. Guest-of-Honour Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, flagged off the fun run and officially launchedAviation Community Cares.
"It is significant thatAviation Community Careshas been launched in the year that Singapore celebrates one hundred years of aviation. Over this time, aviation has played a key role in Singapore's economic as well as social development. As the aviation community works together to develop Singapore aviation further, it is also committed to caring for the less fortunate and the environment. This can be clearly seen from the enthusiastic support from the aviation community forAviation Run 2011,"said Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General, CAAS.
To raise awareness on climate change and green solutions, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and several “green” companies showcased and promoted their green innovations at the event. While companies like Go Green Holdings and evHUB showcased their environmental-friendly transport equipment like the Segway personal transporter and lifestyle electrical vehicles such as Tesla and Yike Bike, ComfortDelGro provided shuttle services from the Singapore Expo MRT station to the CEC using their Euro "V" emission standard bus that boasts low fuel consumption and emissions.
(left to right) Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, participating in the mass warm up session at Aviation Run 2011.
(left to right) Mr Lee Hsien Yang, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General, CAAS, flagging off participants at Aviation Run 2011.
(left to right) Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, trying out the Yike Bike at the green innovation showcase at the Aviation Run 2011, with Minister looking on. The bike is the world's lightest foldable compact electric bike, named by Time Magazine as one of the top inventions of 2009.
Lee Hsien Yang, Chairman,CAAS, presenting the cheque to Mr Eric Ang, Vice Chairman of Community Chest.
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