Home Briefs: $85,500 raised in Yellow Ribbon Run

$85,500 raised in Yellow Ribbon Run

The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run has raised $85,539 this year to fund rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for former offenders and their families.

More than 7,500 people signed up for the event, which had earlier consisted of a 10km competitive run and a 6km fun run. Both runs, which were turned into a 6km walk due to the haze, took participants through sites such as the Johore Battery and Changi Chapel and Museum. The end point was in the Changi Prison Complex.

They were flagged off yesterday morning by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs. The event is one of the key initiatives of the Yellow Ribbon Project.

Local wind orchestra The Philharmonic Winds put up a show with two inmates from the Singapore Prison Service Performing Arts Centre.

SCDF to sound sirens islandwide

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will be sounding its Public Warning System sirens at 12.05pm tomorrow.

The Important Message signal will be broadcast via the islandwide network of sirens. It will last for a minute and an important message will be broadcast immediately on all local radio stations.

The public is advised not to be alarmed by the exercise, which is part of SCDF's efforts to familiarise people with the signals.

Go to www.scdf.gov.sg for more information.

First day of Zulhijjah tomorrow: Mufti

Based on astronomical calculations, the first day of the Zulhijjah - the 12th month of the Muslim calendar - is tomorrow, announced Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, the Mufti of Singapore yesterday.

With this, Muslims will celebrate Hari Raya Haji on the 10th day of the Zulhijjah, which will be Sept 24. This also marks the end of the Haj to Mecca, for Muslims performing their pilgrimage.

Hari Raya Haji is marked with prayers and the sacrificial slaughter of livestock such as sheep and lambs at mosques and religious centres.

It is also a commemoration of the Prophet Ibrahim's faith and willingness to sacrifice his own son, Ismail.

In a statement, Dr Fatris said he would like to wish every Muslim in Singapore "a blessed Zulhijjah and a meaningful Hari Raya Haji celebration".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2015, with the headline 'Home Briefs: $85,500 raised in Yellow Ribbon Run'. Print Edition | Subscribe