Citi Singapore employees set new record for playing 'chapteh'

The five-minute challenge by the 595 staff of Citi Singapore was part of the activities held by the bank for its family day and global community day.
The five-minute challenge by the 595 staff of Citi Singapore was part of the activities held by the bank for its family day and global community day.PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Nearly 600 employees of Citi Singapore have set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records for the most number of people playing chapteh together.

Chapteh is a traditional game where players aim to keep a feathered shuttlecock in the air as long as possible by kicking it up with the heel of the foot.

The five-minute challenge by the 595 staff of Citi Singapore was part of the activities held by the bank for its family day and global community day at Bishan park on Saturday (June 23).

The event was the culmination of the bank's participation in more than 40 community initiatives and events in the month of June, mobilising a total of 5,200 staff.They volunteered at various social service organisations, supporting a range of social causes from the elderly, disadvantaged children and youth, to underprivileged families.

To support social enterprises, Citi Singapore engaged these groups to organise its family and community day. For instance, Society Staples, which champions the cause of persons with disabilities, managed the game booths and fringe activities, while the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore provided the food and drinks for the event.

At selected game stations, participants could win school bags which would be donated to students with mild intellectual disability at Metta School.

A cheque of $110,000 was also presented by Citi Singapore to Mr Marc Lim and Mr Helmi Yusof, co-chairmen of ChildAid 2018, an annual charity concert co-organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. The money was raised by nine department teams from Citi Singapore as part of its global community day's activities.