Orange Ribbon Walk 2012
The Orange Ribbon Walk 2012 kicked off the month-long nationwide racial harmony celebrations in July. With the theme of “Regardless of Race, Language or Religion”, the Walk attracted 6,000 participants to the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza on Saturday, 7 July 2012. The event venue was bathed in a sea of orange from 4pm onwards with participants visiting the cultural and ethnic games booths with much enthusiasm. There were long queues for the Henna Painting, Chinese Calligraphy and Batik Painting Booths.
Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, graced the walk as Guest of Honour and spoke on the importance of speaking up against “unjust and bigoted views.”
With the theme of “Regardless of Race, Language or Religion”, the Walk attracted 6,000 participants to the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza on Saturday, 7 July 2012.
The crowd participated in a mass recitation of the national pledge before the walk. This was led by students of Naval Base Primary School. The Orange Ribbon Walk also launched the “Reflections On Our National Pledge” campaign by our event partner, the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Invigorating stage performances added to the festive air and stilt walkers in ethnic costumes thrilled both young and old.
As the Guest of Honour flagged off the walk, dark clouds loomed overhead. As soon as participants walked the first segment of the 2.7km walk, it started to drizzle. Despite the rain, people joined Guest of Honour in droves and braved the weather to complete the Orange Ribbon Walk – which called for a stand against racism and to uphold values of respect and understanding in our community. It was certainly a sight to behold as many completed the walk with undampened spirits.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you again in 2013!!