SNM’s 75th Anniversary Heritage Walk
Happy 74th Anniversary to us!
To commemorate the start of our 75th anniversary, we organised a Heritage Walk for our members and staff this morning. Joining us were also volunteers from SNM Youth, Agilent Technologies (Singapore), Red Cross First Aid Volunteers, SNM Individual Volunteers, who braved the morning sun with us.
The walk trailed from the Momentary Monument, where Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew made his first public appearance after his televised public announcement of Singapore’s separation from Malaysia on 9th August 1965. His appearance on 12 September 1965 was made at the former Sree Narayana Mission, which stood at No. 48 Soon Keat Road, where he delivered his clarion ‘Never Fear’ call to all Singaporeans. Today, this spot is marked by the Momentary Monument, which currently stands at 313 Sembawang Drive.
Joining us in the leisure walk this morning, were a cheerful group of 75 participants, who walked 7.5km to usher in our 75th year of service to the community. The walk trails from the monument to the site of SNM’s second nursing home along Yishun Ave 6 before ending at our existing nursing home at Yishun Ave 5.
“It was great seeing members and stakeholders of SNM of all ages coming together for the SNM 75th Anniversary Heritage Walk. Volunteering for this event gave me the chance to see some of the members I had not seen in a long time. Just seeing the smiles on their faces and feeling their energy made it all worthwhile.”, said Mr Sudhesh, an SNM EXCO member, who is also part of SNM’s Youth Group.
Ms Celia from Agilent Technologies Singapore said “It has been an honour to be able to participate in the SNM 75th anniversary walkathon as road marshals. The team in SNM coordinated the event very well. It is great to see all the smiling and happy faces during the walk and very fulfilling day indeed!”
Our celebrations also provided our participants the opportunity to do voluntary service, where they put their hands together to clean some of the residents’ wheelchairs.
Assoc Prof Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development, also graced our event as Guest-of-Honour and shared words of appreciation for the contributions of SNM to the community over the last 74 years. The event concluded with a sweet serving of cake for all and our Resident’s Committee Chairman, Mr Eric Lim, presented a token of appreciation to Assoc Prof Dr Faishal Ibrahim.