SG Funpacks to have extra goodies from constituencies

SG Funpacks to have extra goodies from constituencies
Wong Woei Luen, Teo Si Jie, and Elvis Chong going through items for their community's funpack.
PHOTO: Mike Lee for The Straits Times

EVERY household in Singapore will receive a customised SG Funpack from next month to celebrate the nation's golden jubilee.

Each pack will contain 13 standard items, plus extra goodies added by local constituencies which they believe capture the Singapore spirit.

"Residents from different constituencies have been suggesting different items for the SG Funpack," said People's Association (PA) chief executive director Ang Hak Seng. "We thought it was a good idea to incorporate their suggestions, as we want the funpack to anchor the experience of SG50."

Examples of these items include booklets on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's contributions to Singapore, as well as state flags.

The PA's Grassroots Organisations (GROs) will distribute the funpacks to 1.2 million households.

Residents have the option of collecting the funpacks at Community National Day Celebration events, community clubs or from volunteers who will be distributing them to households.

More details will be provided in a letter to residents from the GROs before July 15.

Meanwhile, the first-ever synchronised National Day Observance ceremony will take place on Aug 9, at 9am, with Singaporeans singing the National Anthem and reciting the National Pledge islandwide.

Traditionally, the ceremonies have been held at different times across various constituencies.

More than 250 heartland celebrations have also been planned, and these are expected to involve one million residents.

Around 80 celebrations will take place each day between Aug 7 and Aug 9, based on the theme "Singapore: My Heart, My Home, My Future".

More details about the specific Community National Day Celebration events and National Day Observance ceremonies will be revealed at a later date.

Updates will be given on fliers, noticeboards and the PA website.

Mr Ang said: "We are coming together not just to celebrate, but also to reflect on who we are, what we stand for, and where we are heading for the future."

This article was first published on Jun 20, 2015.
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