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More than 800,000 participate in National Day GetActive! Singapore events
Sport Singapore has revealed that 803,055 participants took part in sport festivals, competitions and activities across the nation as part of the GetActive! Singapore national week of sport.
Coinciding with Singapore’s National Day, the 11 day program set out to foster a stronger Singapore spirit and promote active lifestyles through sport.
This year, 12 sports festivals were organised with members of public participating in over 300 sporting activities. The festival attracted participation from Singaporeans young and old, who took part in activities that range from competitive pillow fights for youths to roller-blading lessons for seniors.
As part of the finale for GetActive! Singapore, more than 3,000 pre-schoolers from 50 pre-schools came down with their parents and teachers to the Singapore Sports Hub where they took part in a fun-sized sports day at the National Stadium. Decked in red and white, the children took part in sports try-outs, sang National Day songs and also danced to the GetActive! Singapore workout choreographed to this year’s National Day theme song.
In collaboration with SG Cares, this year’s Active Enabler Program saw close to than 90% of its activities organised to inspire Singaporeans to care for their fellow people.
One such activity was the OneRun 2018 community event organised by the Taman Jurong Zone B Resident’s Committee Youth Chapter. As part of the event, participants had to run 700m-long laps around the perimeter of the Chinese Garden to raise household products for under-privileged families residing in rental housing at Taman Jurong. The event saw more than 6,500 participants raising close to 8,000 household products such as food provisions and toiletries provided by corporate partners.
Caleb Lee Jia Le, Chairman of the Youth Chapter, commented “this is our first major sports event and i’m proud to see so many people turning up to help our fellow residents.
“We wanted to create an event where everyone in the community can put a foot forward to contribute and give back. In the end, the participants were able to raise a good number of products while having fun and getting some exercise.”
The Singapore Cancer Society was also a beneficiary of donations from two sports events organised by fitness company Abvolution Wellness.
The first was a cycling event conducted at the Singapore Turf Club and a second a challenge to break the World Resistance Bands challenge record. Participants pledged to donate either $0.10, $1 or $10 for each kilometre cycled or per resistance band repetition done during the events.
This year also saw Sport Singapore engaged more than 150 partners and sponsors for GetActive! Singapore.
One key partner is the Singapore Sports Hub, which was the anchor site for this year’s Sport Festivals.
Singapore Sports Hub Chief Executive, Oon Jin Teik stated “we are delighted to be the anchor venue for GetActive! Singapore this year. This great collaboration has united Singaporeans and visitors to participate in a full array of sports, entertainment and lifestyle activities, thereby strengthening the bond of friendships and families.”
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