1,000 people packing up to 120,000 funpacks daily

All hands on deck yesterday at Kranji Camp 3, where volunteers and army men have been helping to pack National Day goodie bags.
All hands on deck yesterday at Kranji Camp 3, where volunteers and army men have been helping to pack National Day goodie bags.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

More than one million National Day goodie bags for households have been packed so far, with the massive effort expected to end tomorrow.

A total of 1.25 million funpacks will be given out to residents, while another 300,000 will be distributed to parade-goers.

All the bags will contain items such as old-school games and memorabilia. The parade funpacks will also contain food and drink.

Nearly 1,000 people have been gathering daily since July 3 at Kranji Camp 3 to pack up to 120,000 bags a day meant for households alone. They include army regulars and full-time national servicemen, who have been working alongside volunteers from groups such as the Down Syndrome Association.

Those packed by about 500 civilian volunteers will include a special card signed by the packer, as part of the A Funpack from Me to You project.

  • FUNPACK FIGURES

  • 1.25m funpacks for distribution to households. Each contains 12 items, including game packs and memorabilia.

    300k funpacks for parade-goers. Each contains 26 items, including food and drinks.

    36k SG funpacks were packed by 500 volunteers. Each of these packs comes with a card signed by the packer.

    1,000 people have worked from 8am to 5pm on weekdays from July 3 to help fill the funpacks meant for households.

    336 trips will be made to deliver the funpacks to 87 community centres islandwide.

"We have received feedback that Singaporeans want to participate in this year's celebrations, and not just sit back and watch it," said Lieutenant-Colonel Wong Pui Chuan, who chairs the engagement committee. "So we approached various organisations... to come forth and participate in this year's project."

Delivery of the funpacks to the People's Association started five days after the packing exercise began. Some people, including residents of Tampines and Telok Kurau, have already begun collecting their funpacks.

One packer is 26-year-old NSF Terence Lee, who volunteered to be part of the "once-in-a-lifetime experience". "All of us need to work very intelligently and smoothly, and foster a lot of teamwork... to complete the mission," he said.

Another volunteer is 27-year-old Chen Wanyi, who has spent two days packing the funpacks together with about 60 others from the Down Syndrome Association. "I enjoy packing and spending the time with my friends here," she said.

Mr Andrew Soh, who manages donors and corporate communications for the association, said taking part in the packing helps expose members to different experiences. He said: "This is the first time they have come into an army camp, and they were very excited to see the vehicles and the soldiers."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2015, with the headline '1,000 people packing up to 120,000 funpacks daily'. Print Edition | Subscribe