Grassroots festivities to close SG50 year

The year will close for some 200,000 residents with grassroots celebrations that range from lantern painting to a pet carnival.

Various events to wrap up Singapore's 50th year of independence will be organised by the People's Association (PA) grassroots organisations.

Tomorrow, pet lovers can gather at Tiong Bahru Park for a Paws and Fur Carnival, and pick up tips on how to massage animals or adopt pets. At Gan Eng Seng Secondary School, about 300 youngsters will take part in a five-a-side soccer competition.

On the same day, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will visit 13 centenarians at their homes in Marine Parade and Joo Chiat. There, he will present them with tokens of appreciation for their contributions towards nation-building.

On Sunday, Sengkang South will host a Family Day Carnival behind Sengkang Green Primary School, which will include a sky lantern painting contest. In the evening, there will be a fruit-tasting fiesta in Jalan Kayu, where the Sengkang South Food Relief Programme will be launched. This will sponsor food rations for a hundred needy families on a monthly basis.

At the year-end Countdown @ North party in Woodlands Link, host Hossan Leong and singer Sufie Rashid will perform.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend the Sengkang Riverside Park countdown celebrations for Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West. There, residents are invited to draw on sky lanterns in memory of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

PA chief executive director Ang Hak Seng said: "2015 was a very special and memorable year when Singapore came together as one people.

"In the same vein, as we wrap up SG50, our grassroots volunteers are bringing together people from all walks of life, including the less fortunate... as we look ahead to SG100 with confidence."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'Grassroots festivities to close SG50 year'. Print Edition | Subscribe