It was a night to celebrate the contributions of the “purple army” at the inaugural Singapore National Games (SNG) 2012, as volunteers came together once more at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Familiar faces and warm smiles greeted the volunteers who came back this time as guests for the evening, as they were presented with another opportunity to meet up with their newfound friends through their time from volunteering at SNG 2012.
Guest-of-honour for the evening Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Chairman, People’s Association (PA) echoed the sentiments of the organising committee when he offered his heartfelt thanks to the volunteers for their help at the Games.
“Under the sun or in the rain, be it early in the morning or late in the evening, the volunteers were always there to make sure that all the events ran smoothly,” he said. “I need one last favour from you, that is to turn around to your neighbor and give him or her a good pat on the back. You deserve it!”
Mr Lim was joined on stage by Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports; Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer SSC, and Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive Director PA; as each delivered their message of thanks to the volunteers before dinner commenced.
24-year-old volunteer Lim Hao Hiang Joey reflected on his experience from volunteering at the inaugural Games, “Even though it was hard work, I found it very rewarding and a good learning experience from volunteering. There are so many considerations when you are organising an event of this scale. Thank you SNG for organising such a fantastic Games and for this appreciation night.”
There was yet another piece of good news that was unveiled before the end of the night as Nila, the SNG mascot, was appointed as Sporting Singapore’s Mascot, which will see him make public appearances at future sports events in Singapore.
From our team here we wish to thank all the volunteers. Our heartfelt appreciation to your dedication and passion during the games. We hope to see you again at the next Games in 2014, and whenever Singapore’s call for the Purple Army is the strongest.