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Double celebration for PCF at Singapore Zoo

Thursday, 22 Dec 2016

PAP Community Foundation combines its 30th anniversary celebration with its Family Day, ensuring a good time for everyone

In celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) hosted about 10,000 PCF children and their families at its annual PCF Family Day 2016 on Sept 11. Held at the Singapore Zoo, the children were thrilled at meeting the animals.

Much of the action was centred at the zoo's amphitheatre. There, guest-of-honour Tharman Shanmugaratnam joined the children and their parents to watch the antics of Pedro the sea lion.

Screams of delight erupted when Pedro, using its flippers, sprayed water on the audience seated in the front row.

Hazeef bin Herman, who attends the PCF Sparkletots pre-school@Woodlands Block 677, was there with his mother, grandparents and elder brother. Six-year-old Hazeef, who was all smiles, said: "I like the sea lions. Pedro is so fun to watch."

In his speech, Mr Tharman, who is Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, described PCF as "the pioneer in the kindergarten market" that made it affordable for children to go to kindergartens.

Today, PCF is Singapore's largest pre-school operator and is planning to open its first mega childcare centre in Woodlands at the end of this year. The centre will cater to 300 children, aged 18 months to 7 years.

The DPM also said that PCF, which launched its first Senior Care Centre at Changi Simei, called Sparkle Care in 2015, is already working on a second Sparkle Care. It will be at Yew Tee and is scheduled to open later this year.

In her address, Dr Amy Khor, chairman of the Family Day 2016 organising committee, said that the theme of this year's PCF Family Day was "Celebrating Families".

The Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, and Ministry of Health, pointed out that strong families are the foundation of a strong nation.

She also promised that PCF will continue to build a fair, just, an all-inclusive and multi-racial society.

As part of the celebrations, the North East District Fund-raising Committee raised $250,000 for PCF activities for the next 12 months. PCF also donated $20,000 each to the AWWA Ltd - Early Intervention Centre, Singapore Children's Society, and St Hilda's Community Services Centre.This article was first published in the December 2016 issue of Petir magazine.