CC on wheels rolls out courses to over 8,000 residents

Kennice Tan, five (left), and brother Kellan, three, with another participant Megan Tan, seven, being taught by Ms Chua Mui Leng, 51, to make towel "cupcakes" during a CC Xpress session at a Pasir Ris condominium.
Kennice Tan, five (left), and brother Kellan, three, with another participant Megan Tan, seven, being taught by Ms Chua Mui Leng, 51, to make towel "cupcakes" during a CC Xpress session at a Pasir Ris condominium.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

From an HDB estate in Jurong to a condominium in Pasir Ris, a colourful vehicle has been going around to bring community activities closer to people.

It is called the CC Xpress - Singapore's first community club (CC) on wheels.

In the first month since its launch on Aug 16, it has rolled up at schools, town centres, public and private estates, and even the Tampines Bike Park, which closed on Monday.

It has brought the People's Association's (PA) interest groups and courses like laughter yoga closer to more than 8,000 residents through 12 events to date.

PA chief executive director Ang Hak Seng said: "The CC Xpress has truly transformed the concept of a community club.It has become a focal point of attraction... helping residents access CC courses at their doorsteps."

The PA also made a conscious effort to take the CC Xpress to private estates, which tend to be farther away from CCs.

Five of the 12 CC Xpress weekend events were held at condominiums. The activities, targeted at both the young and the old, are held on or outside the vehicle, which is smaller than a public bus.

Courses offered so far include Lego play, flower origami, and making terrariums or containers that enclose mini-gardens.

Retiree Tan Mong Kiau, 67, has started going to Buona Vista CC to make plastic flowers for origami class once a week, after she chanced upon the CC Xpress earlier this month, when it made a stop on the sidelines of a grassroots event.

"I didn't know that the CC offered such courses," she said.

Next Saturday, it will be "Next Stop, Yew Tee" for the CC Xpress, which will be parked at the open space near the MRT station there.

The PA aims to reach a total of 30,000 residents by end-November, and plans to roll out another two such vehicles by the middle of next year.

Madam Tan, who also went for a River Safari trip organised by the residents' committee in her area last Saturday, said: "I don't have to go looking for things to do now because there are so many programmes organised for us. I've made more friends and my life feels enriched."

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