GetActive! Singapore, a week-long sporting bash celebrating Singapore’s National Day, was officially kicked off by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim during Car Free Sunday yesterday.
Minister Grace Fu (front row, fourth from left) and Minister Yaacob Ibrahim (front row, in white) pose for a photo during the launch of GetActive! Singapore at the National Gallery on 31 July 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
More than 10,000 people participated in the event on Sunday, which included the Nila Walk, sporting activities and various Active Enabler programs around the Padang area.
“The GetActive! programme is a wonderful way for Singaporeans to be active. Sports has the ability to bring people from all ages, races and backgrounds together and today we’ve seen the community get together to have a fun and active Sunday,” Minister Fu said.
“Over the next nine days, we’ll see 240 Active Enabler programmes all over the country, led by schools, VWOs, and corporations.
“This is what we like to see, Singaporeans coming together to bond over sports. Sport has a tremendous ability to bring people together and instil national pride, and we’re looking forward to promoting an active Singapore all the way up to National Day.”
Minister Grace Fu and Minister Yaacob Ibrahim flags off the Nila Walk. Photo: Sport Singapore
More than 200,000 people are set to participate in the annual sporting movement, which consists of three main parts: the Singapore National Games, the Active Enabler programs, as well as various sporting festivals.
The Singapore National Games will see more than 10,000 athletes compete in 21 sports across the island and Active Enabler programs will feature novel ideas that aim to encourage people to live a more active lifestyle.
Minister Grace Fu takes part in the Let's Get Active Friendship Dance. Photo: Sport Singapore
One of the Active Enabler programs showcased on Sunday was Playstreets SG organised by the Singapore Wellness Association.
“Playstreets SG is a program where we close streets so that children and families can play on them. It was developed to solve two major problems we are facing in Singapore: obesity and diabetes,” said Executive Director of Singapore Wellness Association Sonia Ong.
“It is largely because of a huge sedentary lifestyle population that we hope that through play, we will be able to lure kids out of their homes and into the streets to play with us.
“Every playstreet allows families and children to burn at least a hundred calories if they spend about an hour with us, and we are on streets across Singapore for three hours at a time.”