PA rolls out first CC on wheels

PA rolls out first CC on wheels
Senior Minister of State (Trade & Industry and National Development) Lee Yi Shyan (in white) with the PA's Ang Hak Seng (next to him) and residents at the launch of the CC Xpress. The PA plans to roll out another two such vehicles by the middle of next year.

Singapore's first Community Club (CC) on wheels was set in motion yesterday at Bedok Mall.

The roving vehicle, called the CC Xpress, will be making its rounds to different parts of Singapore, popping up in neighbourhood parks, town centres, common public spaces and private estates.

It will bring the People's Association's (PA) programmes, interest groups and courses - like balloon sculpting and gardening workshops such as those involving terrarium, a container which encloses a mini garden - closer to residents of both private and public estates.

Courses can be held on or outside the vehicle, which is smaller than a public bus.

"Our new CC Xpress will bring the best of our CCs to where our residents stay and make it easier for them to find out about our programmes and sign up for them," said PA chief executive director Ang Hak Seng.

Residents at the launch welcomed the initiative. Some said they usually head straight home after work and rarely step into these clubs.

Bedok North resident Tan Cheng See, 46, a financial planner, said: "The centre's activities are usually behind closed doors, so it's refreshing that the various programmes will be on showcase to the rest of the neighbourhood."

The PA said the aim is to reach out to 30,000 residents through more than 30 events by end-November. It plans to roll out another two such vehicles by the middle of next year.

Mr Ang said the CC Xpress will be useful to residents who may not have the time or chance to visit Community Clubs, and that it will reach out to senior citizens who have difficulty travelling.

He said: "We hope that more residents will take part in our activities, engage their minds and bodies and make more friends."

This article was first published on August 17, 2014.
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