More than $100,000 raised for needy as part of SG50 celebrations in Hong Kah North

Hong Kah North launching its SG50 celebrations on Feb 8, 2015, which featured 25,000 friendship bands made by more than 2,000 local residents and grassroots leaders. -- PHOTO: HONG KAH NORTH CITIZENS' CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE
Hong Kah North launching its SG50 celebrations on Feb 8, 2015, which featured 25,000 friendship bands made by more than 2,000 local residents and grassroots leaders. -- PHOTO: HONG KAH NORTH CITIZENS' CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

SINGAPORE - Residents in the Bukit Batok area have banded together to raise more than $100,000 for needy senior citizens.

In a charity push by Hong Kah North Grassroots Organisations, 25,000 friendship bands have been made by more than 2,000 local residents and grassroots leaders. They were sold for $2 each as part of the constituency's SG50 celebrations launch on Sunday.

The friendship bands, made of multi-coloured rubber bands, symbolise the friendship among residents from different backgrounds, races and religions. Each is attached to a Hong Kah North SG50 metal clip.

The proceeds from these, along with donations, will go to the Hong Kah North Pioneer Generation Fund.

At the launch, a SG50 logo was formed using the friendship bands, breaking the Singapore record for the biggest such logo.

The launch kickstarted a series of SG50 activities in Hong Kah North such as a good neighbours award, a community mural painting for 24 blocks of flats in the estate and a National Day mass walk.