AQ DULUX INVITATIONAL 2018
Benefit Golf Tournament
This year we were called to assist the victims of the Lombok island earthquake, which occurred on the 5th of August 2018. One of the survivors of that earthquake, Mr. Hamidin, who was in an international conference in Mataram at the time, gave his personal account of the event and joined our tournament. It is fair to say that our efforts to help natural disaster victims could not come at a better time since two days after, Palu, Sigi and Donggala on the Sulawesi island were hit by a massive earthquake, ground liquefaction and tsunami. The recovery and rebuilding of these hard hit areas will take years.
Speaking of long term goals, AQ this year established a foundation to start an awareness to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste. The foundation we call LAUT LANGIT BIRU, will endeavor to raise the public awareness and find solutions by working together with institutions like CSIRO, related government departments like the Ministry of Environment, corporations in the plastic industry like ARNISS, to address this serious issue upstream to downstream. 250 kg of plastic waste is dumped into the world’s oceans every second.
Plastic wastes in our waters have found its way into our food chain. Little public awareness and too little action are happening to get this situation under control. We are encouraged by ARNISS’ tagline, “Let’s Reuse”, DULUX’s invention of sustainable paints, and the re-invention of paint pails for furniture by INDESIGN DOMUS Interior Designers. Green products such as BAMBULOGY, ASFOUR Crystal by INFICO and BELEAF, should be applauded for their initiative in reducing and reusing plastics.
We sincerely thank all the supporters of this event and our cause, and hope that you will join us again next year for an even better event. The benefactors of this year’s AQ Dulux Invitational tournament are involved in Lombok disaster relief through Yayasan Kasih Bagi Sahabat (Partners for Compassions) the mission arm of International English Service and Yayasan Laut Langit Biru (Sky Blue Sea), a foundation set up to work on environmental issues.
Of course as it has been for many years, AQ Dulux Invitational is also an excellent platform to interconnect between professionals and businesses especially for those in the design, engineering, property, environment, infrastructure, finance and construction industries. These are industries that employ the largest number of people per dollar investment and has a significant impact on the economy of any nation, by employing a multilevel workforce, creating an economic multiplier effect that can sustain the welfare of masses of people, far and wide in outlaying areas of Indonesia.
We trust you will find this edition of AQ as an interesting insight into our efforts to keep you aware of our fragile environment and what we can do about it.
Paul Tanjung Tan, Architect and Environmentalist.