- Singaporeans and residents here resoundingly support anti-racism cause.
- This year’s Run fosters Respect, Understanding and Trust as shared values to forge deeper relations.
- Guest of Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies will grace the Orange Ribbon Run and Walk 2016.
Multiculturalism and the kaleidoscope of cultures is the very fabric of Singapore society. Addressing both the uniqueness and the challenges simultaneously, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally 2016 speech, stressed that residents in Singapore need to stand together for the success of the nation now and always. This year’s Orange Ribbon Run takes special meaning as it reinforces the message of the need to “stand as one united people“, in view of global threats of extremism.
According to a recent study by Channel NewsAsia-Institute of Policy Studies (CNA-IPS), most Singaporeans show strong endorsement of multiracialism and believe that achieving success in Singapore is meritocratic and independent of race. On the flip side, the study also showed a number of Singaporeans who found racism still to be an issue – a reason why the Orange Ribbon Run 2016: Race Against Racism, Singapore’s only Race Against Racism, will carry added significance.
The Orange Ribbon Run, into its fourth year, is an event organised by OnePeople.sg – the ground-up national body championing racial harmony. This year, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies will grace the event as Guest of Honour and flag off the 3.5km Orange Ribbon Walk segment. The Orange Ribbon Run seeks to make a stand against racism and promote values of respect, understanding and trust in forging deeper inter-ethnic relations.
“The Orange Ribbon Run gives participants an opportunity to be active for a cause, to lend support to the mission of OnePeople.sg in building a movement to build deeper harmony in Singapore, and to stand for universal values of humanity, trust and respect for each other,” says Dr Janil Puthucheary, Chairman, OnePeople.sg
Through this event, participants speak up and stand in unity against racial prejudice and discrimination. As part of the Orange Ribbon Run, thousands have come forward to share personal messages on the need to go beyond surface levels in building deeper harmony. Joining for the first time, Electrical and Mechanical Project Engineer Terence Chua says, “All human beings are the same. Why should we segregate ourselves because of race or colour?”
The Orange Ribbon Run continues to attract strong support from families. Some families are joining the cause, and using this as an avenue to educate their children about cross-cultural friendships. Mr Chua, 39, who will be joined by his wife, Ms Ruth Lim, 38, their six-year-old twins – daughter Leia and son Lucas – and Indonesian helper Nuryani Tafsir Arjadi, says, “Parents should build on the good effort of schools in educating children about racial harmony. My wife and I encourage our children to take the first step to say hi just to break the ice even though sometimes the children may be reluctant and take a step back because people look different from them.”
The event also draws support from foreigners. Returning participant Tiziano Coppotelli, 33, Italian, Project Manager in an IT firm, believes that violence over race or extreme religious beliefs happens too often all over the world. Mr Coppotelli, who has lived in Singapore for two years and completed the 10km race last year says, “The time that people spend in arguing over race issues could be better spent on planning how to live together or how to get to know your neighbour better – for example, by organising a barbecue to meet people you don’t know. Singapore allows for such good opportunities in the way its culture has been built.”
This year, corporates have also come on board and are supporting the movement in a meaningful way. One such supporter is Old Chang Kee. In conjunction with the event and the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, Old Chang Kee has created a specially themed “Harmony Mooncake”, which can be shared amongst all races. This gesture enables Singaporeans to understand the significance of the Mid-Autumn Festival and celebrate Singapore’s diversity. These mooncakes, carrying the message of Unity, will be distributed to runners during the event day.
The Orange Ribbon Run stands as an anti-racism and advocacy movement with over 200 volunteers and over 5,000 participants supporting the cause. Orange Ribbon Run 2016 – Race Against Racism will be held at the Bayfront Event Space, next to Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre on Saturday, 10 September 2016. Participants – runners and walkers – can take in the Singapore skyline at Bayfront Avenue along the Promenade. The race starts at 4.30pm.
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016
Time: 4.30pm – 7pm
Venue: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018940 (Next to Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre)
Attire: Sporting attire/ smart casual with “Race Against Racism” tee (T-shirt will be provided)
|4.30pm||10km Orange Ribbon Run 2016 Flag-off|
|5.00pm||5km Orange Ribbon Run 2016 Flag-off|
|5.30pm||Arrival of Board Members and Guests|
|5.50pm||Warm up session for 3.5km Orange Ribbon Fun Walk|
|6.00pm||Arrival of Guest of Honour
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies
|6.05pm||Race Against Racism – Video Screening|
|6.10pm||Penning of personal message by Guest of Honour|
|6.20pm||Recital of National Pledge|
|6.30pm||3.5km Orange Ribbon Fun Walk Flag-off by Guest of Honour|
|7.00pm||Stage Performances & Prize Presentation|
|7.30pm||End of Programme|
Getting to the Event Site
Parking on Event Day
There are public parking lots available at the CBM Open Air Carpark on Bayfront Avenue located next to the event venue. As there are likely to be concurrent events taking place at the Bayfront Event space, lots may be limited.
Alternative Parking Locations
Parking is available at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Marina Bay Financial Centre, which is within 5 minutes walking distance from the event site.
Take Circle Line to Bayfront MRT Station and take Exit A to the event venue (approximately 2 minutes walk).
Take Downtown Line to Downtown MRT Station and take Exit B to the event venue (approximately 9 minutes walk).
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