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ANNOUCEMENT

Our next clean-up is on 25 May, 2024.

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WUJ Project Gotong Royong

First launched under the name "WUJ Kampung Clean-Up" from January to December 2019, "WUJ Project Gotong Royong" returns after a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic as a revamped initiative which aims to provide assistance for the Orang Pulau community on Pulau Ubin in upkeeping their homes and courtyards.

Pak Ahamad is one of the elderly residents of Kampung Sungei Durian

Assisting our Residents

Today, only 30 residents remain on Pulau Ubin, a far cry from the 2,000 inhabitants who once resided on Pulau Ubin in the 1960s. The residents who remain have aged gracefully and have found it challenging to upkeep their beautiful kampung.

WUJ hopes to alleviate some of their burden by offering these residents the necessary manpower required to help keep their homes and courtyards clean and safe — at least once a month.

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WUJ Project Gotong Royong in Numbers

370

participants (and rising)

43

highest number of participants for a single clean-up

24

clean-up events

FAQ

Helpful Information on WUJ Project Gotong Royong

Who provides the logistics for the clean-up?

Some cleaning equipment will be prepared by WUJ and the residents, while additional tools such as rakes, trash bags and gloves will be provided by NParks. NParks' contractors will assist in the disposal of refuse collected.

What happens to the litter collected at the end of the clean-up?

Non-biodegradable litter will be placed into trash bags and compiled in a designated collection point. Leaf litter, branches and other natural litter will be thrown into the surrounding forests where it can decompose naturally.

What makes your clean-up different than the other groups that are already conducting clean-ups on the island?

WUJ Project Gotong Royong is the first clean-up of its kind that focuses entirely on providing assistance to the residents. Apart from taking care of their surrounding environment, participants are able to learn about Ubin's cultural heritage through social interactions encouraged between them and the residents.

Is your clean-up children-friendly?

Yes, it is. However, adult supervision is required at all times throughout the entirety of the programme.

Can my organisation collaborate with you for the clean-up as part of our community outreach or social bonding event?

Yes, you can. WUJ has organised several clean-ups with various individuals and organisations. Apart from the default monthly clean-ups scheduled, WUJ may —if available — conduct clean-ups to your organisation's availability.

Something popped up in the last-minute and I am not able to attend the clean-up. Am I able to withdraw?

Yes, you can. Do inform me of your absence either via WhatsApp or email and I hope that you may join us in future clean-ups.

How much is the fee to partake in the clean-up?

There is no fee for this event as it is an act of goodwill.
However, participants are to pay for their own bumboat fares and other forms of personal expenditures on the island.

Advisory

Extreme Heat

In the event of extreme heat (33.0°C and above) during the day of the clean-up, clean-ups occurring in the outdoors shall follow a "15 minute work-to-30 minute rest" timeframe. Alternatively, all clean-ups may be focused indoors.

Wet/ Inclement Weather

In the event of wet/inclement weather while on Pulau Ubin, participants shall take shelter at the nearest public shelter or the homes in which the clean-ups are being conducted.

In the event of wet/inclement weather before heading off to Pulau Ubin, participants shall wait for the weather to clear at Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Should the rain continue to persist heavily after an hour, the clean-up shall be suspended.

Haze/ Poor Air Quality

In the event of haze or other conditions leading to poor air quality, should the 24hr PSI reading be within the Unhealthy range (101 - 200) and above, prior to and on the day of clean-up, the clean-up shall be suspended.

Disease/ Epidemic/ Pandemic Outbreaks

In the event of a virus outbreak or other medical emergencies that may undermine public health and wellness, the clean-up shall adopt precautionary safety measures implemented by the Ministry of Health pertaining to the conduct of outdoor activities.

Important Contact Numbers

9736 9564
6375 0000

Pulau Ubin Coast Guard

999

Singapore Police Force

6542 4108

NParks Pulau Ubin

Safety Guidelines

Accident and Emergency

In the event of an emergency, the Pulau Ubin Coast Guard will be activated to assist with the treatment. Should the situation be deemed necessary, they will follow up with an evacuation to Changi General Hospital for the nearest medical attention.

Adult Supervision for Young Participants

The clean-up is a child-friendly programme and is suitable for people of all ages.
However, participants who are under the age of 13 must be supervised by an adult at all times during the clean-up and while on Pulau Ubin. This includes, but not limited to, the participants' parents, next-of-kin above the age of 13, legal guardian or facilitator in the event of an organisational group collaboration.

Disclaimer

Wan's Ubin Journal (WUJ) will not be held liable/responsible for any injuries (even death) and other inconveniences that occur before, during and after the entirety of the Programme, including loss and damage of personal property, delay, cost, or expense arising during the entirety of the Programme which are beyond our control.
Wan's Ubin Journal (WUJ) will not, in any circumstances, share your personal information with other individuals or organisations without your permission, including public organisations, corporations or individuals, except when applicable by law.  We do not sell, communicate, or divulge your information to any mailing lists.
By being part of the Programme, you are therefore agreeable and have provided consent for Wan's Ubin Journal (WUJ) to record, capture images and video recording/ footages of you throughout the entirety of the Programme, and are also agreeable for the mentioned captured media to be publicised on Wan's Ubin Journal's website and official social media platforms for publicity and/or marketing purposes.

WUJ Project Gotong Royong is supported by:

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Special Thanks

to the following organisations for partnering with WUJ as part of your community projects

Majulah Community
Ministry of Education
Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Outward Bound Singapore
Raffles Institution
SayurStory
Singapore American School
Singapore Heritage Society
Youth Corp Singapore

Last updated: 01 May 2024

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