Kampung spirit alive and well in Serangoon estate

President Halimah Yacob giving mandarin oranges to Madam Boh Cheak Wah, 90, at the Serangoon Moral Family Services Centre yesterday. During her visit to the centre in Serangoon Avenue 2, Madam Halimah also launched a food donation drive where food it
President Halimah Yacob giving mandarin oranges to Madam Boh Cheak Wah, 90, at the Serangoon Moral Family Services Centre yesterday. During her visit to the centre in Serangoon Avenue 2, Madam Halimah also launched a food donation drive where food items from residents are collected and distributed to needy residents in the neighbourhood.

Needy residents in Serangoon housing estate can now turn to a new programme for their food needs.

The Serangoon Moral Family Services Centre has launched a food donation programme for the needy residents that it serves at a cluster of Housing Board flats off Boundary Road.

Under the programme, residents are encouraged to deposit food items such as canned food and biscuits in a trolley placed at the void deck near the centre at Block 238, Serangoon Avenue 2.

The items will be collected and distributed to needy residents in the neighbourhood, said the centre's director Adeline Chew.

"The programme encourages kampung spirit," she said, referring to the official name of the programme, Kampong Friends' Blessing.

President Halimah Yacob launched the new drive yesterday when she visited the family services centre.

During the hour-long visit, Madam Halimah distributed mandarin oranges and red packets to seniors, met primary school pupils at the nearby after-school student care centre run by the family services centre and played musical instruments with a group of young boys.

Toh Yong Chuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'Kampung spirit alive and well in Serangoon estate'. Print Edition | Subscribe