The bi-annual Geylang Serai Town Day 2013 will be held on 10 March 2013, 8.30am – 12.30pm at the basketball court next to Block 10 Eunos Crescent. The hosting Grassroots Adviser is Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef and the Guest-of-Honour is Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong. Grassroots Advisers of the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC) including Grassroots Adviser of Mountbatten Single Member Constituency (SMC) and Chairman of Marine Parade Town Council, Mr Lim Biow Chuan, PBM will also joining us as Special Guest at this event.
2 The Geylang Serai Town Day 2013 is a carnival where families spend a morning together with the community and enjoy an array of exciting and interesting activities. We aim to engage residents through the Town Carnival where fun and educational elements are presented as well as relating key messages and showcasing the constituencies' involvement. A total of eleven government agencies will be participating in this event to show their latest campaigns and developments to the residents of Geylang Serai. Also, all the Grassroots Organisations (GROs) will be involved by showcasing their respective Interest Groups (IGs). IGs are small groups formed amongst residents and/or Grassroots Leaders (GRLs) who share common interest, e.g. handicraft, brisk walking, balloon sculpting, Chinese calligraphy, etc. The objective is to offer residents an arena of fun-filled activities that they can engaged in. In a smaller group setting, greater bonding can be built amongst residents which translate to greater social capital, reciprocity and resilience in time of need and emergency.
3 To show case residents effort and involvement in this event, residents of Geylang Serai will attempt to set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records (SBOR) by creating the longest sculpture made using red packets. Residents partake in this through making segments of the sculpture before they are stringed together eventually. In order to promote a green society, we also encourage residents to use recycled red packets from the recently celebrated Lunar New Year.
4 Besides the residents’ engagement through the SBOR feat and show case of the various IGs, we will also officially open a playground cluster behind Block 14 Eunos Crescent by Grassroots Adviser Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef. Besides the playground, there are several other infrastructures completed at various parts of Eunos Crescent as well as Ubi Avenue 1. Also, Grassroots Adviser Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef will be announcing the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) of the selected blocks in Eunos Crescent.
5 Your journalist and photographer are invited to attend this event on Sunday, 10 March 2013, at 8.30am, at the basketball court next to Block 10 Eunos Crescent.
In conjunction with the national Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) campaign, Marine Parade Town Council and the MacPherson constituency will be jointly organising the “Let’s Clean Our Town” on 11 November 2012, Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Block 27A Balam Road. As the event marks its 3rd year, residents and grassroots leaders gather together to promote graciousness through actions in the litter-picking exercise.
Guest-of-Honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Host Member-of-Parliament Ms Tin Pei Ling, Special Guests Mr Lim Biow Chuan and Mr Seah Kian will be gracing the event.
1) “Cleaners’ Free Day – Kindness in Action”
Following the success of past 2 years’ “Let’s Clean our Town” event, the Town Council is granting our conservancy cleaners a day off and there will be no cleaning on the event day. To show an appreciation to the cleaners for maintaining the clean estates, they will be presented with a token of appreciation by the advisors and a group photograph.
2) Residents / Grassroots Leaders / Community’s Participation
A clean and hygienic environment is a desired living condition of every resident. Creating a truly 4G home – Great, Gracious, Generous, and Green – for the residents, is thus a common purpose for everyone in Marine Parade Town. As such, the “Let’s Clean our Town” event is part of an effort to create a desired 4G home for our residents.
Advisors of Marine Parade Town, together with the PCF students, various grassroots organisations and volunteers will play their part to up-keep the estate by picking up litters to promote a cleaner and greener environment. Residents are welcomed to participate in the litter picking exercise. So come witness their effort for taking the role of the cleaners to clean the estate on 11 November 2012!
With the support of the advisors and various grassroots leaders, the residents of Marine Parade Town are encouraged to contribute their part in their daily life by keeping their living environment clean and hygienic. Simple actions of each resident, such as do not litter and/or spit, can make a difference to their living estate!
In conjunction with the mid-autumn festival, the Mountbatten Grassroots Organisations and the Marine Parade Town Council will jointly organise the Mountbatten Town Night With a Cause on Saturday, 29 September 2012 from 6.00pm to 10.00pm at the open field next to Block 10 Dakota Crescent.
Adviser to Mountbatten Grassroots Organisations Mr Lim Biow Chuan and Special Guest Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin will join in the activities brought together by the grassroots leaders, schools and various community organisations such as VWOs.
Highlights of the event include:
1) Mid-Autumn Celebrations
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also traditionally known as the Mooncake or Lantern festival is a harvest festival where the community celebrates together annually. Gathering with familyand friends, they will spend quality time and have fun together at the event. Lantern with different sizes and shapes will be lit and families and children will join in a mass lantern procession along the precinct, decorated with festive street lightings. Besides the mass lantern procession, families can learn to make their own lanterns. Mooncakes, pomelos and an assortment of festive goodies are available at the carnival. Catch the night performances and other cultural performances at the carnival!
2) Record-making of longest dragon made of lanterns
Come 29 September 2012, Dakota Crescent will be transformed into a colourful mystical night as the precinct is displayed colourful lanterns. As residents participate in the Mid Autumn Celebrations, they will attempt to set the Singapore Book of Records by using lanterns to build the longest dragon of 51 metres long.
3) Launch of Connect @ Mountbatten newsletter
The Mountbatten constituency will also be launching its inaugural newsletter “Connect@Mountbatten” and logo. Residents can look forward to news and activities happening in Mountbatten estate.
4) Rice donation to needy families
With the continuous efforts in helping the community, 408 low-income families in Mountbatten constituency will receive $6,000 worth of rice sponsored by New Moon with support from Tanjong Katong Secondary School under the Good Goal CIP Initative.