About 75,000 residents from all 87 constituencies in Singapore participated in a nationwide walk on Sunday morning (Aug 24). The aim of the event is to rally people together to do their part for the community, said organisers People’s Association Community Sports Club.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong flagged off the One Community Walk at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, where about 5,000 residents from Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West walked from there to ITE College Central.
Participants took turns to pass a torch that symbolises the “strong ties forged for a caring community”. Navy serviceman Jason Chee, who lost his limbs in a horrific accident two years ago, also took part in the walk. PM Lee took the torch for the final lap to ITE College Central, where he and the residents made a pledge to help the needy and foster a more caring society.
Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health and MP for Sengkang West, said: “We want to send a message to our residents – whether you are from Ang Mo Kio or from other parts of Singapore – to come together, walk together collectively, and do it for a good purpose. There are many other participating organisations who have also come to partner us, and we hope that through this collaboration, we can actually bring benefits to our beneficiaries such as low-income families as well as other welfare organisations.”
Over in the west, MP for Yuhua constituency Grace Fu flagged off the walk at Shuqun Secondary School, where about 1,200 people took part.