|More than 200 products made out of waste materials,prepared by 1,000 students from 10 schools were displayed at the "Wealth out of Waste "exhibition,organised by The Orchid for over a month.The exhibition started on March 6,2006 and was held below the Vakola Flyover,Santacruz. It was inagurated by the Public Works minister, Hon'ble Shri Anil Deshmukh and Smt. Reena Johnny Joseph with Mr. Vithal Kamat, Executive Chairman and Managing Director,The Orchid. Of the participating schools, Little Flower of Jesus High School,Marine Lines sent a maximum number of entries for the exhibition. Mr.Kamat said that the purpose of organising such an even was inculcate reducing waste and reusing waste from a very young age.We want to take this exhibition to the entire country and would also showcase these students 'talents in our various hotels and properties,he said.
"SAY NO TO FLOWERS " WITH A GREETING CARD
On Valentine 's Day,100 kids from Regina Pacis School made egreeting cards based on the theme "Say No to Flowers ".The students were participating in an awareness programme organised at The Orchid to spread the message of environment protection.Shardul Bajikar Sanctuary Asia reiterated the importance of pollination and its implications in the protection of the environment.Pollination is a process in which pollen grains are transferred from the male structure of a plant to the female structure of a plant.This is essential for propogation and survival of the species.The role city people can play in the conservation of nature and wildlife was also touched upon.Speaking with the students,Rajul Berde, Environment Officer of The Orchid, said,"Since flowers are associated with romance,the quantum of flowers gifted is very high especially on Valentines Day;it was decided to deliver the message before Valentine 's Day and try to curb the usage of flowers as much as possible ".She also added that it is important to inculcate the idea of environment conservation in children from an early age."That is the reason we have selected school children to send this message across.At this impressionable age if we are able to sow the seeds of environment consciousness,it will go a long way in helping us maintain the ecological balance in the city,"she added.
BEACH CLEAN-UP DRIVE
As many as 1,000 students ,representing 15 schools across Mumbai participated in a massive beach cleaning awareness campaign organised The Orchid at Shivaji Park on January 25,2006. Praising the efforts of the students, Mr. Vithal Kamat,Executive Chairman and managing director, The Orchid, said,"every year we involve students to participate in certain environment programmes.This year,I am very happy to see even physically challenged students coming forward and supporting the drive ".Kids are more enthusiastic and imbibe values more easily than adults do,Mr.Kamat emphasized. The event was organised to set a perfect example for other students on Republic Day."