Aiming to educate and inspire Canberra residents on Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s core values of social cohesion and racial harmony, Canberra Grassroots Organisations (GROs) had successfully organised the event, Remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew – Memories, on Sunday, 27 March 2016 at Canberra Community Club. The key highlight of the event was a mass interactive hands-on activity which 300 residents folded colourful paper cranes and hearts and wrote their fond memories of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on them.
The event was in remembrance of Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and commemorating his core values through several interactive activities. The programme included performances put up by participants from different races as a display of the multi-racial society. The core values were recapped through videos and speeches of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Residents had also learned more about the contributions of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and developments of Sembawang Town through the various interesting exhibition panels. A one minute of silence was observed during the event as a mark of respect to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Residents were taught on how to fold paper cranes which were placed around the venue by the volunteers to signify peace and hope. They participated in the grand finale with their self-folded penned paper cranes and hearts and sang the song “Thank You For Singapore” together to symbolise a harmonious and cohesive community. The song was first performed in 1991 at the National Tribute Dinner to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew after he stepped down as Prime Minister.
Grassroots Adviser Dr Lim Wee Kiak, PBM, MP for Sembawang GRC (Canberra), joined the residents at the event and took the opportunity to share more details on the recently announced Budget 2016. He encouraged all residents to be confident in the future of Singapore and worked towards SG100 together.
Canberra Community Club also organised CPR and AED training for members on 27th March as part of week long activity