National Servicemen (NSmen) can look forward to more family bonding activities such as parent and child races and carnivals this year.
Safra has renewed its partnership with Families for Life, a non-profit group that promotes resilient families, for two more years. Safra will receive a funding of $700,000 that will go towards engaging at least 70,000 NSmen and their families over this period.
Upcoming activities this year include an outing to Adventure Cove Waterpark on June 15 and an educational carnival on Sept 15 featuring mathematics workshops and fencing classes.
Second Minister for Defence Lui Tuck Yew, also the newly appointed president of Safra, announced the partnership renewal at Safra Toa Payoh yesterday, when one of the first activities - a talentime - was held. Safra has been partnering the non-profit group since 2011.
"Strong families make for a strong Singapore," Mr Lui said. "For our NSmen, this is especially critical as strong families give them the peace of mind and the raison d'etre to do what they need to do, because if we have to go to war, if we have to fight, it is to defend our country, our families and our way of life."
Mr Lui joined participants in completing a special SG50 collage featuring 500 drawings by NSmen and their families on what they love about Singapore.
Mr Ching Wei Hong, chairman of the council behind Families for Life, said: "The strong support that we received from NSmen and their families year on year has shown that more fathers are making deliberate choices to spend time to bond with their children."
This article was first published on June 7, 2015.
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