More than 600 participants at a charity walk at Pasir Ris Park on Sunday morning were greeted by smiley yellow standees of Nickelodeon’s cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.
There were also inspirational quotes along the 3.5km route to remind participants to have fun and adopt a positive attitude to life.
At the end of the Spongy Charity Walk, held in support of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), participants were greeted by SpongeBob SquarePants and fellow cartoon character Patrick Star.
The walk was attended by 500 members of the public and beneficiaries from CPAS, as well as volunteers from the labour movement’s youth arm, nEbo, and its sports arm, U Sports.
The walk was organised by NTUC Club, the labour movement’s leisure and entertainment arm. NTUC Club CEO Yeo Khee Leng presented a cheque for $180,000 to CPAS before the walk flag-off.
Source: The Straits Times
Fishball noodle chef Douglas Ng wakes up at 4am every day to make by hand fishballs from scratch at his Golden Mile Centre stall.
It was a home recipe the 23-year-old painstakingly learnt from his grandmother over four months, several years ago.
Yesterday, he closed his six-month-old stall for a day and joined more than 20 hawkers at a charity food fair to raise funds for the disadvantaged.
The one-day event at Suntec City Convention Centre, organised by Touch Community Services, brought together the old and new generation of hawkers, each handpicked by local food bloggers.
More than 2,800 people attended the fair. Proceeds from the food coupons sold will go towards supporting Touch’s programmes.
Mr Ng said it was a chance for him to gain exposure as a young chef while giving back to society.
“I used to do weekly community service at an old folks’ home but after I started my stall, I didn’t have time.”
The fair also featured household names such as Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh, Tian Tian Chicken Rice and Chey Sua Carrot Cake. A herbal crocodile soup previously sold at Old Airport Road Food Centre made a comeback for the event.
Crocodile King’s owner and chef, Mr Tony Tee, 50, closed the stall in August last year due to high rent. He now works at a crocodile farm in Lim Chu Kang.
“I’ve retired from hawker life. When I was approached to do something to benefit Touch, I said ‘why not?'” he said. Five young crocodiles were harvested for the 11 pots of soup that went on sale yesterday.
This is the third year Touch is holding a food fair for charity and it hopes to raise $200,000.
“From the satay peddler along the streets of yesteryear to today’s chicken rice stall at hawker centres, there is much to reminisce of Singapore’s hawker heritage,” said Touch’s deputy executive director James Tan.
“We believe it is important to mark SG50 by celebrating the contributions of those in the culinary sector.”
Source: The Straits Times
Singaporeans living overseas can soon donate to the Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift project, as supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice is accepting overseas purchases at its online shopping portal to support the project.
Speaking at an event marking the start of the project on Thursday (Nov 20), Chairman of The Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift 2014 Lui Chong Chee said the move comes amid growing interest among Singaporeans living overseas, who wish to help the needy in Singapore.
Donors can buy food items or donation hampers from the portal using overseas-issued credit cards. Food items can also be donated at its selected outlets, NTUC FairPrice said.
Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who attended the event, said: “It is also important for us to remember that even in Singapore, we do have fellow Singaporeans who are less privileged than many of us. They do have various challenges for a host of reasons and they may not be able to enjoy in the same way that we do.”
Cadet Lieutenant of the 5th Singapore Company of The Boys’ Brigade Mr Benz Koh is encouraged by the warm response from members of the public. “Many people who come and donate are very generous. They bother to go the extra mile to buy the food items and donate them to us rather than just donating money,” he said.
Donors can visit an installation at the Braddell Heights Community Hub to find out more about the project.