Home Briefs: Water fun plus free items for the needy

Water fun plus free items for the needy

Close to 300 residents from Jalan Besar and Mountbatten tried their hand at kayaking, canoeing and bell-boating yesterday.

Those from low-income households were also treated to a free market, where they could take home up to eight items ranging from clothes and books to rice cookers donated by other residents.

The event was to encourage those living around PAssion WaVe @ Marina Bay to use the water-related facilities there.

Mountbatten resident Ken Lee, 47, was at the event with his wife and three children. They tried canoeing and went home with toys, books and clothes from the free market.

Two win national Quran recitation competition

Religious teacher Nurul 'Izzah Kahmsani, 31, won a national Quran recitation competition yesterday and will represent Singapore international competitions.

She won in the adult female category in the annual National Quranic Recitation Competition organised by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).

Student Ahmad Daniyal Mohd Rizal, 23, was the winner of the male adult category.

At the competition at the Islamic Hub of Singapore in Braddell Road yesterday, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob encouraged the Muslim community to understand the Quran's meaning and uphold Islamic values.

Madam Halimah, an MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, said values such as compassion, fairness and equality are key to the daily lives of Muslims.

It was important to uphold these, she said, as the community faces challenges in the form of extremist ideologies that misuse Quranic texts to justify violence.

1,800 turn up at Harmony Games

About 1,800 people turned up yesterday at a gathering that aims to help Singapore's inter-faith groups, religious communities and the public bond over games.

The annual Harmony Games was held at Kovan Hub in Hougang by the Taoist Federation and the Character and Leadership Academy yesterday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs: Water fun plus free items for the needy'. Subscribe