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As the year comes to a close, residents in Singapore can look forward to more than 200 community celebrations organised by PA Grassroots Organisations (GROs).
Apart from having fun with their loved ones, residents can make new friends and bond with the community as they share their wishes and aspirations for the New Year at these celebrations.
The celebrations this year will have something for everyone, reflecting the diverse interests of Singaporeans and the desire to be more inclusive by reaching out to the less privileged and physically challenged residents. For those who are environmentally-conscious, there will also be eco-friendly activities at some of these countdown celebrations.
The “Unity in Diversity at Teck Ghee Countdown” event on Saturday, 31 December 2016, organised by Teck Ghee GROs, is one such event. The event will feature a Bottle Cap Wall Mural made up of recycled bottle caps and put together by Teck Ghee residents. Over at Nee Soon South, residents will have the opportunity to create their own Friendship Bands with their family and friends using old clothing.
Grassroots volunteers from Boon Lay will also partner student volunteers who will accompany 40 wheelchair-bound residents at the “Boon Lay Countdown 2017” event, signifying the younger generation’s spirit in contributing to the community.
It’s time to gather your family and friends and head on down to the Year End Community Countdown happening near you this December!
People’s Association Grassroots Organisations Year End Community Celebrations Held on 31 Dec 2016 – 1 Jan 2017
Some of these events are ticketed, which may include refreshments and coupons to activities. For more information on Year-End Community Celebrations happening near you, please contact your nearest Community Centre/Club.
Activity Name / Venue
Highlights / Interesting Activities
31 Dec 2016 7pm – 12.30am
Countdown to 2017 @ Keat Hong
Hard Court Opposite Choa Chu Kang MRT Station
The countdown is themed “Countdown for a Cause” and aims to raise awareness for social enterprises such as Adrenalin, The Good Karma, I’m Soul Inc, among others.
The countdown aims to promote inclusiveness as residents will be involved in some of the performances e.g. Social enterprise I’m Soul Inc will do a stage performance with elderly residents using musical instruments.
Lam Soon GROs
Celine Ong 6769 4194
31 Dec 2016 7pm – 10pm
Marsiling Year-End Celebration
Marsiling Mega Sports Park
A Rock & Roll themed singing performance featuring music from the 70s and 80s.
Residents can also capture moments and preserve memories of the night with their family and friends at an instant photo booth.
Desiree Tai & Lim York Ying 6365 6911
31 Dec 2016 7pm – 12.30am
Chua Chu Kang Countdown to 2017
Chua Chu Kang CC
Mass Zumba display led by the Chua Chu Kang Active Ageing Committee. The display will be the biggest Zumba gathering in Chua Chu Kang, which seeks to advocate healthy living for residents.
To encourage residents to live and eat healthily, fruits will be also be distributed to residents who will be participating in the event.
Residents will be treated to performances by local talents.
Chua Chu Kang GROs
Tan Khai Boon 6765 5001
31 Dec 2016 7pm – 12.30am
Countdown Party to 2017
Open field beside North Woodlands Way
Residents can participate in a 1-hour Zumba dance led by PA trainers and residents.
There will be performances put up by local talents including an Indian Dance item by interest groups and vocal performances from the winner and runner-up of The Final One.
Residents will also be entertained by game booths.
Noraini 6366 2218
31 Dec 2016 7.30pm – 12.15am
Bedok Countdown 2017
Bedok Community Park behind Block 15, Bedok South Road
The countdown will feature performances by local talents such as local band ‘Shagies’ and cultural dance items.
Residents will also be treated to getai performances.
Shagul Hameed, Nur Fazlina and Edmund Ng 64425317
31 Dec 2016 8.30pm – 12.30am
Teck Ghee Countdown 2017
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Grand Lawn 1
The ‘Unity in Diversity’ Bottle Cap Mural Booth will be showcased at the Teck Ghee Countdown 2017 event. Mooted by Teck Ghee grassroots volunteers, some 2,000 to 3,000 residents residing in Teck Ghee will be invited to design/write on the bottle caps which will be used to form a 10ft by 24ft wall mural. Residents, GROs and community partners, such as schools and mosques, contributed the bottle caps to make this wall mural. The whole wall mural took 2-3 months to complete, including collection, designing/penning and piercing, and these will be ongoing until the day of event.
The Teck Ghee Talent Time will also take place at the event, including categories such as Singing, Musical Instrument and Dance.
Family-oriented fringe activities for all ages such as family frame, peg art workshop, kite making, a touch pool from the S.E.A. Aquarium, and carnival rides.
Mass sing-along of popular National Day hit ‘Home’.
Teck Ghee GROs
Neo Wee Cheong 6456 7123
31 Dec 2016 7.30pm – 12.30am
Boon Lay Countdown 2017
Hardcourt beside Block 215 Boon Lay Place
Co-planned by student volunteers from River Valley High School, the theme for this year’s Boon Lay Countdown 2017 is “Vibrancy of Heartland” (文礼倒数2017 – 齐心向前，舞出 色彩).
Resident performances such as martial arts demonstrations, band performance, dance items and game stalls along Block 210-217 etc.
Student volunteers will also accompany 40 wheelchair-bound residents at the event.
Festive bazaar along the pathway near Boon Lay CC (held from 16 to 31 December 2016).
Boon Lay GROs
Lee Kwee Yong 6261 9947
31 Dec 2016 8pm – 12.30am
Nee Soon South Countdown 2017
Hard-court opposite Khatib MRT
Hosted by DJs from Power98 FM and 88.3Jia FM, residents will be treated to performances by popular local artistes such as Tosh Zhang, Wang Weiliang and Kelly Poon.
Residents can paint and write their wishes for the New Year at an arts booth. There will also be a Recycling Booth where residents can create their own friendship bands using old clothing.
Residents can capture memories of the night at an Instagram/selfie competition booth and instant print the photos.
Nee Soon South GROs
John Goh 6753 3121
31 Dec 2016 9.30pm – 12.15am
Anchorvale CC, Open Plaza
This year’s countdown is themed “Blast from the past, forward to the future”.
Residents will be treated to performances such as Nostalgic Racial Harmony Dance, a combination ethnic dance of various races (Malay, Indian, Chinese and Eurasian).
Residents can also participate in nostalgic games such as A Song to Remember, where songs from past TV programmes will be played and audience are invited to sing or dance along.
Sengkang West GROs
Andy Ng 6489 4959
1 Jan 2017 8am – 10.30amNote Date
Telok Blangah Plaza
Residents can join in mass workout, group exercise and social dance demonstration conducted by various interest groups and PA trainers.
Residents can also participate in the Telok Blangah Challenge – Teams will participate in a 10-station game challenge comprising traditional games such as pick-up sticks, marbles etc.
The Telok Blangah Diversity Banner, comprising 50 photos taken by Telok Blangah residents, will also be launched at the event.
Telok Blangah GROs
Jonathan Chong 6271 9602
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