Isnin, April 23, 2012


Ronan comes to aid of giant clams with his voice and fame


KOTA KINABALU April 23, 2012: The giant clams of Sabah may soon have their own ambassador appointed in the person of the world renowned singer Ronan Keating.

“Maybe this is something I can be an ambassador for globally. Sting has the rainforest, maybe I have the giant clams,” said Keating, of Boy Zone fame, during a press conference held at the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) yesterday.

The celebrity said he would like to use his voice to assist in creating an awareness and to spread the word and message around globally as well as to inform the people back in his home in Ireland, the United Kingdom and in Europe of the plight facing the giant clams in Sabah.

Keating expressed his liking to do so “because the community back home’ do not know that the clams are becoming extinct.”

“We really don’t know. That message is not spread at home. I would like to learn and take that message back. I hope others will follow suit, and other people of my situation can do the same,” he said.

The Irish singer arrived here on April 20 and will leave today. During his stay here, he will assist MERC to spread its awareness campaign on the preservation and restoration of the coral reefs and the propogation of the giant clams through his performance which took place on Friday, and the encore yesterday at the Bunga Raya Island Resort.

Keating also expressed his interest to learn more about the giant clams the moment he heard of it.

“When I heard it, I said yes. This is something I wanted to learn more and help with, and that’s why I am here,” he said.

He also commended the works carried out by the staff at MERC, saying, “It is fantastic to see it here, first hand, to what the guys are doing and the work they are doing. People at home, in Ireland and in England, we don’t hear enough about it, we don’t know enough about it. I hope also I can come here and raise the awareness, and to bring the message back to Ireland, England and Europe.”

Keating said he found it very important to use his voice to try and help causes that he is keen on and concerned about.

“I have done numerous things globally over the years. When you are in a situation like mine, where you are internationally looked at as successful, you have a voice and you can use it. It is very important that we do that, whether that be for a charity. (And) I do a lot of work for cancer charities around the world also,” Keating said.

He said those endowed with a good voice have a responsibility to use it and be heard because there are many people that can’t be heard and that they need to be heard.

“As much as I can, when I am asked, and something that concerns me or something that I am interested in, I like to try and help.”

Among the issues he has tried to help address is the melting ice caps and the sea issue in the North Pole.

“As much as I can, I like to do it. This is something I am learning more and more about. I am not an authority on this, by any means, but I am trying to educate myself and understand more about it. The most important thing is to educate myself and to create awareness.”

And in September last year, Keating swam across the Irish Sea for a charitable cause.

He described the experience of swimming 56 miles in 36 hours as daunting and a frightening experience.

“It was frightening. It was incredible. Swimming across the ocean in the darkness of the night. The largest shark in the world is in that sea. We did it for cancer research,” he said.

Meanwhile, apart from doing his bit to create awareness and help in the plight of the giant clams, Keating also expressed hope to scuba dive whilst in Sabah.

“I will definitely do some scuba diving and snorkelin,” he said, hastening to add that he finds Sabah ‘fantastic’.


11 ulasan:

  1. Tapi mahal lah itu bayaran kalau mahu tengok Ronan Keating, macam RM 1 Ribu satu meja kalau tak silap.

    1. Selain mahu bayar untuk performance Ronan Keating, harga tiket itu juga mungkin dijadikan dana untuk pemuliharaan giant clams ini.

  2. Tapi saya harap kita tetap boleh menyebarkan maklumat mengenai giant clams ini supaya lebih banyak rakyat Sabah yang tahu bahawa ia dah hampir pupus.

  3. Kalau pihak yang di luar Sabah ada kesedaran untuk lindungi giant clams ini, patut rakyat Sabah sendiri kena lebih peka dan sama2 membantu melindungi spesies terancam ini.

  4. Kenapa duta bukan dari Sabah sendiri?

  5. Tanggungjawab bersama untuk melindungi spesis2 terancam ini.

  6. Baguslah ada juga artis antarabangsa yang sudi datang untuk menjayakan program.

  7. dapatkan juga artis tempatan untuk sma2 menjayakan program ini.

  8. Harap dimasa akan datang banyak lagi program yang dibuat seperti ini.

  9. Semua perlu memelihara kehidupan yang ada sekarang ini. Elakkan daripada kerakusan kerana ini akan mengundang kepupusan kepada hidupan tersebut.

  10. walau apapun kaedah yang digunakan untuk tujuan menimbulkan kesedaran, saya harap ianya berkesan dan dilaksanakan dengan bersungguh2..