Christmas lights go beyond Orchard Road

Christmas lights go beyond Orchard Road

SINGAPORE - From candy cane-like structures illuminating the footpaths along the Singapore River to a Christmas village at Changi Airport, other parts of Singapore will also be adorned for the Yuletide season.

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Here is the full statement from National Council of Social Service:


Guest-of-Honour Dr Lily Neo Officiates Switch-On Ceremony for ChariTrees

SINGAPORE - The Christmas ChariTrees @ Marina Bay 2013, jointly organised by Community Chest and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), has raised more than $380,000 for Community Chest at the start of this festive season. The funds raised this year is almost 60 per cent more than the amount collected last year, making it the highest since the project was first held in 2011.

A total of 30 ChariTrees, which are mostly adopted by Community Chest's corporate partners, will transform and light up the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade for six weeks from December 15-27, 2013, adding to the festivities and celebration of the yuletide season. Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lily Neo, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency will be officiating the Switch-On Ceremony on November 15.

The theme for this year's Christmas ChariTrees is "Story Trees", where touching and uplifting beneficiaries' stories are retold by design students from LASALLE College of the Arts through the design of the trees. Through these young artists' understanding of the beneficiaries' stories, and using their imagination and interpretation, 20 of the 30 ChariTrees will be transformed into Story Trees, each telling the story of a beneficiary. This is the first year that Community Chest and URA are working with LASALLE College of the Arts to present the Christmas ChariTrees and Community Chest welcomes this group of "artists with a heart" as young partners in its social service engagements efforts.

"The ChariTrees project has been a great opportunity for our students to give back to community through creating public artworks that are meaningful as well as beautiful. The students were inspired by the heartwarming stories of the beneficiaries to make each design special and unique for the public to enjoy during the festive season. We are honoured to be part of this collaboration with Community Chest," said Ms Nur Hidayah, Dean, Faculty of Design at LASALLE College of the Arts.

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