Text and photos by Siew Te Wong
Rockin'4 the Environment festival brings together musicians to perform in order to raise awareness and funds for the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and also the Environmental Education Alliance of SEA.
The weeklong festival was kicked start on last Saturday April 21st at Central Market down town Kuala Lumpur. Four groups of musicians, The Impatient Sisters, Rafique Rashid, Rustic Rose, and Ten Thousand Talents were performing their beautiful voices and rock music at the main stage of the Central Market. The event started at noon and ended at 3:30pm
Thank you all for your performances and thank you all for showing up and support the SUN BEAR ROCK!
Kenny Peavy from the Environmental Education Alliance of SEA and Jasmine Low the co-organiser introducing Sun Bear Rock!
Wong gives a speech on sun bears and BSBCC and thanks the organizer and performers!
The Impatient sisters rock the audience with their beautiful voices!
Rafique Rashid wins the heart of the audience with his song "Bear Necessities"
The young Rustic Rose surely rock the car park of Central Market with their rock songs!
The Ten Thousand Talents' rock songs wraps up the event of the day!
Please click the following link and listen to Wong and Kenny talk about Rocking for Sun Bear!
Sun Bear Conservation & the Rockin' 4 the Environment: Sun Bear Rock event
[ Programme Segment: Earth Matters ]
Earth Matters Podcasts
The Malayan sun bear, the world's smallest bear species, is classified as 'vulnerable' to extinction on the IUCN red list.
We find out more about the Malayan Sun Bear from Wong Siew Te of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Kenny Peavy of the Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia, who are also behind the Rockin' 4 the Environment: Sun Bear Rock, an event which hopes to raise awareness on sun bears among the masses.
Thank you Meera Sivasothy, Juliet Jacobs from the BFM89.9, Jasmine Low, and Kenny for arraigning this interview and create another opportunity to make the little known sun bears well known!
Meera interviewed Kenny and I in BFM89.9 studio.
This Saturday 21 April 2012 marks a significant date for the Sun Bears in Malaysia. Over 35 musicians including singer songwriters Rafique Rashid who has penned a song specially about the bears, and Amir Yussof, Jerome Kugan as well as upcoming acts like Tashya's Ink, The Impatient Sisters, Ryota Katayama, bands from International School of Kuala Lumpur come together to perform at Rockin' 4 the Environment's Sun Bear Rock! 2012 in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.
The musicians supporting the cause are instrumental in generating public awareness on the Sun Bears species - one of the smallest and the least known of the eight bear species in the world. Until today, Sun Bears are still being hunted and poached from their natural habitat. So the weeklong festival seeks to raise awareness about the plight of the species as well as the importance of continuous environmental education: read press release.
We INVITE YOU to attend the official launch of Rockin' 4 the Environment: Sun Bear Rocks! this Saturday, 21 April 2012 from 12.00pm-4.00pm.
The programme is as follows:
21 April 2012 @ Central Market Main Carpark Stage
12:00 Welcome speech by Kenny Peavy of Environmental Education Alliance of Southeast Asia
12:30 Introduction to Sun Bears by Wong Siew Te of Bornean Sun Bears Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Sabah
12:45 Musicians rock for the Sun Bears!
13:00 The Impatient Sisters
13:30 Rafique Rashid
14:00 Rustic Rose
14:30 Tak Nak
15:00 Ten Thousand Talents
15:30 Shazet beatbox
22 April 2012, 2-5pm, Universiti Invasion! @ Panggung Eksperimen, Universiti Malaya (RM3)
EcoKnights film screening event - https://www.facebook.com/events/207416712700447/?ref=ts
25 April 2012, 8.30-11.00pm, Jazz, Blues, Country gig @ Doppel Kafe, Central Market Annexe (RM15)
26 April 2012, 8.30-11.00pm, Acoustic open mic gig @ Doppel Kafe, Central Market Annexe (RM5)
27 April 2012, 4.00-11.00pm, Bazaar & Finale Concert @ Central Market Main Carpark Stage (Free) / Central Market Annexe Gallery (RM40 by donation)
Latest update: 14 April 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA) presents Rockin’ 4 the Environment – SUN BEAR ROCK! in conjunction with the Earth Day celebrations from 21-29 April 2012 (Editors, please note date change).
Rockin’ 4 the Environment has so far piqued the interest of animal conservationists around the world and raises vital funds and awareness for conservation and environmental education oriented NGO’s in Malaysia. So far, the program has contributed a total of RM55,000 since 2007 to its non-profit partners.
Adopt a sun bear! Get free festival pass for RM150!
Led by a group of schoolteachers and musicians, and the International School of Kuala Lumpur the weeklong festival takes place at DoPPel Kafe @ Central Market Annexe in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and aims to raise a further RM35,000 for the plight of the endangered Sun Bears in Borneo. EEASEA is working hand-in-hand with NGO partner, Bornean Sun Bears Conservation Centre based in Sandakan, Sabah. Over 35 musicians are participating in this worthy cause-related fest and they include Amir Yussof, Rafique Rashid, Free Desserters, Jerome Kugan, The Impatient Sisters and many more musicians!
Rafique Rashid will perform his 'Sun Bear' song
This year, it has also gained the support of private sector partners like marketing & event solutions company – Go International Group Sdn Bhd, venue sponsor Central Market, environmental education partner – Eco-Knights and many more.
Hall of Fame
Besides the fundraising efforts in Malaysia by the International School of Kuala Lumpur, there will also be other fundraising activities in neighbouring regions by Jakarta International School, Sinar Mas World Academy- Jakarta, Pasir Ridge International School- Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia, Singapore American School and United World College SEA in Singapore.
Sun Bear Rocks! looks set to rock the nation this Earth Day. You could purchase a festival pass that includes a Sun Bear Adoption pack for RM150, or contribute a donation at the door for each individual event. Remember, your donation will go a long way towards environmental education! Thank you.
ROCKIN’ 4 THE ENVIRONMENT
Calendar of Events 2012
SUN BEAR ROCKS! OFFICIAL LAUNCH
Official Launch with Performances by school bands
Guest of Honour: Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (TBC)
Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Venue: Main Stage, Central Market (PASAR SENI)
Arts, Music and Fun Festival for conservation awareness co-organised by three parties: Go International Group, The Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA) and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCCC) –open to the public (suitable for families with children).
SUN BEAR ROCKS!
University Invasion! Gig & Showcase by students on campus
Date: April 22, 2012
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: Universiti Malaya campus & various
Awareness via Music – one day showcase event for to raise awareness about the Sun Bears coordinated by Eco-Knights for the Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA) and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCCC) –open to university & college students.
EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT
Date: 23-26 April
Time: School hours
Venue: International School of Kuala Lumpur & various other schools
Educational workshops for conservation awareness and Sun Bear protection co-organised by EEASEA and BSBCC – open to school students.
SUN BEAR ROCK! JAZZ BLUES COUNTRY
Date: April 25, 2012
Time: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Venue: DoPPel Kafe Central Market Annexe
Entry: RM15 entry
Jazz, blues and country tunes sung for environmental awareness.
SUN BEAR ROCK! OPEN MIC
Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Venue: DoPPel Kafe Central Market Annexe
Entry: RM5 entry
Upcoming musicians perform for environmental awareness.
SUN BEAR ROCK! BAZAAR, FREE CONCERT & AUCTION
Date: April 27, 2012
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Venue: Central Market Main Stage
All-day environmental & arts bazaar complete with educational activities, seminars and featuring local NGO’s held at Central Market – the centre of the Arts. Concert features some of KL’s biggest names in the independent music scene like Amir Yussof and Rafique Rashid. And join in the fun as we auction anything and everything! Bring something to contribute to the auction pool! ALL proceeds go to Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA) and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
SUN BEAR ROCK! CONCERT
Date: April 27, 2012
Time: 7.30 p.m. – late
Venue: DoPPel Kafe, Central Market Annexe
For one night only, this grand finale concert will feature some of the top names in the independent music scene. From rock bands to DJs, expect to rock the night away with your friends! Be sure to book early! ALL proceeds go to Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA) and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
How to participate? Attend one of the shows!
We’re also offering our popular ‘CARE FOR A SUN BEAR PACK’… PRICE INCLUDES ALL ACCESS PASS TO THE FESTIVAL, SUN BEAR ADOPTION CERTIFICATE & A LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT!
Simply sign up by completing a form with your details and a donation of RM150 at any of the events, for your ‘Care for a Sun Bear’ pack. You’ll receive a pack of limited edition postcards of a Sun Bear family and a short story about at BSBCC, a festival pass to ALL events and a limited edition t-shirt. This is a great gift for any occasion – show you care, by helping make a real difference to Sun Bears’ lives!
PLIGHT OF THE SUN BEAR
The BSBCC is a joint project with the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), which is responsible for the bears, the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD), which is responsible for managing forest reserves, LEAP, and spearheaded by Malayan Sun Bear researcher and conservationist Wong Siew Te. An MOU has been signed and SWD and SFD have donated all of the land needed for the BSBCC. SWD has also donated buildings and veterinary expertise. In addition, the Sabah State Government supports this project and has agreed to match all funds raised for construction of the project dollar for dollar. This partnership with the state government is critical to ensure the long-term success of the project.
Rockin’ for the Environment presents an important opportunity to promote and increase awareness of the BORNEAN SUN BEAR CONSERVATION CENTRE – which will in turn help raise vital funds for the animals.
For further information visit: www.facebook.com/rockin4theenvironment
Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA):
Kenny Peavy email@example.com
Bornean Sun Bears Conservation Centre (BSBCC):
Siew Te Wong firstname.lastname@example.org
Go International Group Sdn Bhd (Go Intl PR & Event management):
Jasmine Low email@example.com
Tel: +603 7727 0093
Mobile: +6017 623 0288
Text by Wai Pak Ng
On July 2, Sylvia Alsisto from Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre came and asked me to present a talk about sun bear and BSBCC. Of course I am more than happy to do that as I had done that to several groups of volunteer. However, it ended up with a three-day talk to three groups of students. The most challenging part was the audience was ranged from 8 – 17 years old school kids! I have to tell you that the first image that bangs into my minds was a group of “monkey” yelling and jumping here and there!
I was only given a night to prepare the presentation. I have to modified and practice my speech so that the kids won’t get bored with all the science facts and terms. I also invited two guests to my talk who were Winnie and Teddy (toys that I borrowed from Cecilia)! With two of them, I started my introduction and I managed to grab the audience attention!
OK, start with ZACC. I really felt honored to be invited to this conference and gave a presentation about BSBCC: Hope for the Bornean Sun Bears. My presentation was scheduled on the second day. After listened to many great presentations and many great conservation efforts, I was humbled and shy to speak in front of the audience, because what I have doing for the past 10 years was studied sun bears and have not really help them on the ground yet. Anyway, I did deliver my presentation with full passion and enthusiasm with an optimistic heart. I know every good conservation project started with where I am now- a HOPE.
I HOPE one day, maybe few years from now, I can be invited again to ZACC conference again to share some of my success stories to conserve sun bears just like every body else who presented their great conservation works during the conference. That’s why I told the audience at the beginning of my talk that I am an optimistic person, I have high HOPE that we can help sun bears, and the sun bears will have HOPE, as long as we committed to what we are planning to do for them and HOPE that the supports from everyone in the audience can ongoing and even more. All start with HOPE.