Efforts to preserve the Sungai Perai ecosystem has received another boost. Eastin Hotel Penang recently chipped in with another RM2,000 to fund the “Sungai Perai Nature Walk”, an event to feature Sungai Perai as a main eco-tourism attraction.
The sponsorship is part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
Sungai Perai, the last remaining peat swamp in mainland Penang, is home to 150 plant species, 125 bird species and 35 fish species. It was once an important artery for the shipping of coal and where ships would dock for repairs.
The river is now a part of an urban regeneration programme – a collaboration between the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) – and ThinkCity – to make Butterworth a more liveable community.
At the ceremony to present a mock cheque to MPSP were its Butterworth Baru unit head Normaira Abdul Rahman and ThinkCity senior programme executive Nicole Thum.
A total of 500 people will be participating in the event that is part of the river beautification effort under the “Celebrating the Perai River” project.
The nature walk will be held in Sungai Dua, Butterworth, on Sunday, July 29. The 6.6km route will take walkers through cattle farms and agricultural centres before ending at the rice cultivation site at Kampung Kubu.
This is part of Eastin’s CSR effort for this year. Apart from the sponsorship, the hotel will also have 10 of its employees taking part in the walk.