SG Funpacks to have extra goodies from constituencies

Mr Wong Woei Luen, Mr Teo Si Jie and Mr Elvis Chong checking items - daily necessities - to be added to the funpacks for Jurong Spring residents. Different constituencies have come up with their own ideas on what to add to the funpacks.
Mr Wong Woei Luen, Mr Teo Si Jie and Mr Elvis Chong checking items - daily necessities - to be added to the funpacks for Jurong Spring residents. Different constituencies have come up with their own ideas on what to add to the funpacks.PHOTO: MIKE LEE FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Local communities adding items which they believe capture the S'pore spirit

EVERY household in Singapore will receive a customised SG Funpack from next month to celebrate the nation's golden jubilee.

Each pack will contain 13 standard items, plus extra goodies added by local constituencies which they believe capture the Singapore spirit.

"Residents from different constituencies have been suggesting different items for the SG Funpack," said People's Association (PA) chief executive director Ang Hak Seng. "We thought it was a good idea to incorporate their suggestions, as we want the funpack to anchor the experience of SG50."

  • Some community celebrations during SG50 weekend

  • MORE than 250 activities have been planned for the golden jubilee weekend for Singaporeans to come together and celebrate National Day.

    Here are some to look forward to:

    1 RADIN MAS - SG50 TILES OF MEMORIES

    Residents will come together to design and create tiles representing some of the historical icons of Radin Mas, such as the Kampong Bahru Railway Bridge and Mount Faber Radio Transmission Towers.

    2 THOMSON-TOA PAYOH - BRISK-WALKING TO ICONIC LOCATIONS

    Walk with brisk-walking interest groups around various iconic locations in Thomson and Toa Payoh.

    3 MARINE PARADE - ADOPT A WISH @ JOO CHIAT CC

    Give 50 children from less privileged families their dream presents.

    4 EUNOS - EUNOS SG50 LOCAL DELIGHTS

    Prepare food and distribute it to 50 beneficaries.

    5 KAMPONG GLAM - TOWARDS SG100: A WRITTEN COMMITMENT

    Residents will design SG50 birthday cards where they write down their wishes, and what they pledge to do for Singapore over the next 50 years.

    6 TAMAN JURONG

    Residents can write down their messages and wishes for Singapore on lanterns which will be installed along the streets.

    GILAINE NG

Examples of these items include booklets on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's contributions to Singapore, as well as state flags.

The PA's Grassroots Organisations (GROs) will distribute the funpacks to 1.2 million households.

Residents have the option of collecting the funpacks at Community National Day Celebration events, community clubs or from volunteers who will be distributing them to households.

More details will be provided in a letter to residents from the GROs before July 15.

Meanwhile, the first-ever synchronised National Day Observance ceremony will take place on Aug 9, at 9am, with Singaporeans singing the National Anthem and reciting the National Pledge islandwide.

Traditionally, the ceremonies have been held at different times across various constituencies.

More than 250 heartland celebrations have also been planned, and these are expected to involve one million residents.

Around 80 celebrations will take place each day between Aug 7 and Aug 9, based on the theme "Singapore: My Heart, My Home, My Future".

More details about the specific Community National Day Celebration events and National Day Observance ceremonies will be revealed at a later date.

Updates will be given on fliers, noticeboards and the PA website.

Mr Ang said: "We are coming together not just to celebrate, but also to reflect on who we are, what we stand for, and where we are heading for the future."

ngilaine@sph.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2015, with the headline 'SG Funpacks to have extra goodies from constituencies'. Print Edition | Subscribe