Families picnic at Istana

Families picnic at Istana
Dr Tan joining two families at the first-ever SG50 family picnic at the Istana yesterday.

Hundreds of families laid out their picnic mats on the sprawling Istana grounds yesterday, at the first-ever SG50 family picnic.

More than 2,000 people attended the event, held as part of Singapore's 50th birthday celebrations. It was organised by the President's Office and the Families for Life Council, which promotes building stronger families.

"We wanted an event to kick off the SG50 events and we thought that the theme of families would be most appropriate because family is the most important factor in our lives," said President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

"I hope that... we'll continue to care for each other as members of the larger family of Singapore."

Dr Tan joined families in various activities, such as writing messages on large "wishing balls".

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing and the ministry's Parliamentary Secretary Low Yen Ling also attended the event.

Sales manager Ong Boon Hua, 35, was at the picnic with his wife and two children aged six and four."My wish for my family this year is simply that we'll all stay healthy."


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