Marina Bay Sands to hold its biggest charity festival yet, starting from July 31

Guests at Tangle, a playground and art installation at last year's Sands for Singapore.
Guests at Tangle, a playground and art installation at last year's Sands for Singapore.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans can expect a number of special activities and and events from July 31, as Marina Bay Sands rolls out its biggest charity festival yet.

The Sands for Singapore Festival, returning for the third consecutive year, will last for 10 days and aims to raise funds for more than 80 local charities.

It will also have 25 community outreach events, up from 18 events last year.

In one event, members of the Pioneer Generation will be invited to watch The LKY Musical - about the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew - for free.

The Sands for Singapore Festival was conceptualised in 2013, as a way of giving back to the local community.

To kick off the Festival, Marina Bay Sands will donate three days' worth of proceeds from its popular attractions - the ArtScience Museum, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Sampan rides and Skating Rink - to Community Chest.

A charity race, Play It Forward, is set for August 2 and marks the first charity race organised by Marina Bay Sands. Teams will race against time to complete different challenges taking place across Marina Bay Sands' attractions. The winning team will get to select a charity to receive a $50,000 donation.

Fifty special guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the National Day Parade fireworks from 200m above the ground, as a section of the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck will be reserved for beneficiaries on Aug 1 and Aug 9.

More events will be announced closer to the date of the festival.

ngilaine@sph.com.sg