ABC Waters walks launched

ABC Waters walks launched
Around 400 people walked 5km from Bukit Batok Nature Park to Hong Kah North Community Club, the closing stretch of a programme that took participants to Singapore’s park connectors.

A series of walks that will take participants around 14 ABC Waters locations throughout Singapore over the next two years was launched yesterday.

Organised by the Hong Kah North Active Ageing Committee, the first walk will take place at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on June 28. Other locations include the Lorong Halus Wetland, Jurong Lake and the Geylang River.

The walks will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month.

ABC Waters stands for the national water agency PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, which converts waterways into recreational areas.

Hong Kah North MP Amy Khor, an adviser to its grassroots organisations, said the programme aims to encourage residents to exercise while taking them to places they may not have visited before.

Dr Khor, who is also Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, said the walks are open to all, even those not residing in Hong Kah North.

She was speaking at Bukit Batok Nature Park, where the last of another series of walks took place yesterday morning.

Around 400 people walked 5km from the park to Hong Kah North Community Club (CC), the closing stretch of a programme that took participants to Singapore's park connectors.

An average of 200 people joined the monthly walks, which started two years ago.

Housewife Monsiah Mansor, 64, who took part in all 18 walks, said she joined the programme alone but soon made friends along the way.

"I feel that my health has improved, I don't feel so weak any more," she said, adding that she is keen to take part in the new series of walks.

Those interested in signing up for the ABC Waters walks can do so at Hong Kah North CC or Gek Poh Ville CC.

There is a $2 fee for the shuttle bus service which takes participants from the CCs to each walk's location.

This article was first published on May 18, 2015.
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