A common affliction-the dearth of funds

In this challenging economic times, our organization, as with many NGO’s, is not spared from a common affliction- the shortage of funds. Since Reach’s formation, we have been relatively spared by monetary woes but not this year. Pledged funds which would have tide us over unscathed, have not materialized. As a result we are “downsizing”.  Our administrative work will be done by volunteers till such time when our funds permit us to hire an office staff. We regret to inform that activities which are costly to carry out will not be fully sponsored. This include reforestation activities. (Only 4 wheel drive vehicles are able to navigate through the rough roads and their transportation cost is high.)

Activities such as CSI and EEP will continue as their cost is relatively low. We apologise for having to disappoint schools who have written to us recently, as Septembers and Octobers are the golden post exam months when the students are free to join in our activities. In order to continue our environmental work, we seek funds and support from the public. Our donations are tax exempted.  The public can also support us by buying our merchandise especially our book on Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands. We can be contacted at reach.president@gmail.com or reach.corybas@gmail.com. Other email addresses will no longer be in use.

EEP programme in SK Brinchang on the 14th February 2018

A talk on recycling (which is part of our EEP programme) was carried out at SK Brinchang (Brinchang primary school ) on the 14th of February 2018. Roy Margaret, our regular volunteer and a power engineer by profession gave the talk. Also in attendance were Datin Aseema and Puan Mazlira.

Recycling Exhibition in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kampung Raja on the 3rd of May 2018

Pictures of Dimension Data visit to Biodiversity Site on the 23rd March 2018

Dimension Data, a multinational software company and frequent supporter of REACH ,visited the biodiversity site earlier this year. As before, Satya took the group up and entralled them with ‘stories’ of the mossy forest.

Environmental Education Programme in SMK Kg Raja 17th July 2018

by Cheam May Choo

On the 17th of July 2018, REACH conducted an environmental education programme EEP in SMK Kg Raja ( Kg Raja secondary school). As with our other EEProgramme English is used as a medium of instruction. 230 students from Form 1, 2 and 4 attended. Kavvin A/L Sehgar , our regular volunteer gave a talk on recycling and going ‘green’ (After years of conservation and environmental work with young people, it is interesting to note that our regular volunteers share many things in common. They tend to be very motivated, speak well in public, show leadership qualities,have good family values and normally excel in studies, sports or music. They are very focussed on what they do and usually they will be successful in embarking on a career of their choice. And Kavvin exemplifies this. Congrats, Kavvin, our future vet!)

Our other volunteers for the day include Kee Yan Jie, Thibault, Quentin ,Phillipe and Anushka. Also present were Datin Aseema, Mas, Saras.

Site inspection at Batu Gangan by Forestry officers on the 10th July 2018

Local and Federal Forestry officers made a site inspection at Batu Gangan on the 10th of July 2018. This included adjacent sites forested by other NGOs. Under the Greening of Cameron Highlands project, Reach has completed the programme but will continue to maintain the site subject to the availability of funds and will continue to promote research on the neighbouring montane forests.