Bonding opportunity for dads at adventure hub

Muhammad Samir Hamzah, 13, trying out the high-elements obstacle course at the new Dads Adventure Hub at The Tennery in Bukit Panjang yesterday.
Muhammad Samir Hamzah, 13, trying out the high-elements obstacle course at the new Dads Adventure Hub at The Tennery in Bukit Panjang yesterday.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

The Centre For Fathering (CFF) launched a Dads Adventure Hub at The Tennery in Bukit Panjang yesterday.

The all-weather space is available year-round for adventure camps and other activities such as fathering workshops and counselling.

The 4,450 sq ft space, featuring a two-storey-high rock-climbing wall and a high-elements obstacle course, was donated to the CFF by the Far East Organization.

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Efforts like this, we should celebrate them, and encourage more parents, especially fathers, to be there and spend more time with their children.

MINISTER FOR SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT TAN CHUAN-JIN

The Hub is open to participants of CFF-organised programmes but others can use it for a fee.

It previously rented space for its programmes from organisations such as Outward Bound Singapore but faced availability problems, especially at weekends and public holidays.

The CFF is a non-profit organisation which aims to encourage fathers to inspire their children and be better role models.

Its chairman, Mr Richard Hoon, said the organisation is keen to set up partnerships with other property developers to create space for its programmes.

"This is the catalyst" said Mr Hoon, adding that it is looking to open similar centres across Singapore in addition to its premises in Bukit Panjang and Toa Payoh.

The event also marked the handing over of the Dads For Life movement from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to the CFF.

It will set up a division focused on outreach and community engagement and convert its Toa Payoh office into a Dads Outreach Centre.

The CFF also unveiled a new logo to mark these changes.

Almost 5,000 parents and children participated in CFF activities last year and it is hoped that more than 7,000 will this year.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who attended yesterday's event, said: "Efforts like this, we should celebrate them, and encourage more parents, especially fathers, to be there and spend more time with their children."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2015, with the headline 'Bonding opportunity for dads at adventure hub'. Print Edition | Subscribe