Singapore Soka Association Organizes Family Fun Day and Holds Donation Drive for Flood Victims
On August 20, in celebration of its 45th anniversary, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held a "Family Fun Day" at its headquarters and the nearby Tampines West Community Club. The event brought together some 17,500 SSA members, their families, friends and local residents.
At the fun day there were activities that people of all ages could enjoy from meridian exercise, line-dancing, manicures, massages and makeovers to cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, henna painting and performances by SSA cultural groups. There was also a health workshop and a family photo booth. Many guests remarked that the fun day provided a great opportunity to bring families together and one woman commented, "We came as one family to enjoy together and strengthen our bond as a family!"
A donation drive was also held at the fun day to raise funds for victims of the recent floods both in the Philippines and in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The drive raised some SGD$10,000 (US$8,200). On August 22, SSA General Director Tay Eng Kiat presented a check for the amount to Mercy Relief at the 4th World Humanitarian Day Observance, which was held by Mercy Relief at the Tanah Merah Country Club. The check was received by the event's guest of honor, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Minister for Education and MP for the Tampines Group Representation Constituency Heng Swee Keat attended the fun day and opened SSA's new exhibition detailing its 45-year history titled "If You Light A Lantern for Another, It Will Also Brighten Your Way." Following the opening, the minister and SSA representatives discussed the important role that parents play in their children's education and the need for "value-driven" education.
[Adapted from the September 21, 2012, issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photo courtesy of SSA]