SINGAPORE: One thousand Siglap residents will plant a hundred trees in Pulau Ubin this weekend to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, but it is not just a reforestation project. The island will host some exciting activities this weekend to let visitors experience the kampung spirit.
From taking a walk through the NParks Sensory Trail, to touring the different kampungs, the Siglap SG50 Day@Ubin event by Siglap grassroots organisations hopes to encourage family bonding, as grandparents tell of life in the past and how it has changed.
On Saturday (Jun 13), Siglap residents will participate in reforestation and coastal clean-up activities, and enjoy other activities like the trail walk. Members of the public can take part in the trail walk and kampung tour on Sunday.
“We are going to bring the residents there to cherish the present and really preserve the future,” said Dr Maliki Osman, Mayor of the South East District. “As part of the Government’s effort, in keeping Ubin as rustic as it can. We want Siglap’s residents to go there and mark and celebrate this 50th anniversary celebration.”
Dr Maliki is leading efforts in Siglap to raise S$50,000 towards the education of five young beneficiaries under a project called 50@50. Fifty 50-year-old residents and grassroots leaders are participating.
Residents have also been busy printing 5,000 T-shirts with an orchid motif that they can wear during National Day.