In celebration of Malaysia Day, Kechara and Tsem Rinpoche Foundation in collaboration with Majlis Perbandaran Bentong (Bentong Municipal Council) organised the annual Gotong Royong for the second year running. The objective was to clean up Jalan Chamang, Bentong, so that tourists and visitors could enjoy their journey to Chamang Waterfall. In addition, a cleaner environment would help prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Yang Dipertua (YDP) Majlis Perbandaran Bentong, Mohammad Shahid bin Ismail, officiated the event at 8.30am, 16 September 2016 in Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). In his speech, YDP thanked Kechara for taking the initiative in organising this event, explaining that clearing the environment helps to curtail the spread of mosquitoes, particularly Aedes mosquitoes that spread dengue fever as well as the latest strain, Zika. He also added that he hopes this community service effort will continue on a yearly basis every Malaysia Day.
A total of 85 volunteers from Kechara, Majlis Perbandaran Bentong, Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Alam Flora (Environmental Management), SW Corp and Jabatan Perhutanan (Forestry Department) were seen working diligently and harmoniously in true community spirit, covering a four-kilometer radius from the entrance KFR on Jalan Chamang right to the famous Air Terjun Chamang (Chamang Waterfall). The YDP was also seen participating in the clean up alongside his staff and volunteers from Kechara.