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NSmen celebrate Father's Day at SAFRA events

AsiaOne | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

SINGAPORE - More than 1,700 NSmen and their families celebrated Father's Day at three events at SAFRA clubs today.

Fathers and their kids paired up to play in the water football challenge at SAFRA Tampines, competing on bouncy water futsal pitches.

Parents and kids performed together in the SAFRA Lil' Stars competition at SAFRA Toa Payoh.

The Sprint Kids Xtreme event was held at SAFRA Jurong, where NSmen and their families took part in a series of relays.

SAFRA said in a statement on Sunday that it renewed its partnership with the Dads for Life movement - which was renamed Families for Life movement in February - for another two years in early 2013. Through the partnership, it received a funding of $700,000 over two years to organise more family bonding activities.

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SAFRA's statement:

More than 1,700 NSmen and their families celebrated Father's Day at three unique SAFRA events across the island

NSmen and their families had more creative ways to bond during Father's Day this year as SAFRA held three unique celebratory events at its clubs across the island.

Football took centre-stage at SAFRA Tampines, but the fun came with a twist as fathers and their kids paired up to compete on bouncy water futsal pitches. Donning bloop balls, participating fathers had a rolling good time trying to defend their goal posts as their kids splashed around in an attempt to outwit each other at the SAFRA Water Football Challenge.

At SAFRA Toa Payoh, it was a chorus of talent as families came in droves to perform and cheer for their kids as they competed at the finals of SAFRA Lil' Stars. For the first time, the event also featured a special family category in celebration of Father's Day, where parents and their kids performed together to compete for top honours.

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Defence and President of SAFRA, also joined in the Father's Day celebration at SAFRA Jurong where the finals of SAFRA Sprint Kids Xtreme 2014 were held.

The event saw NSmen and their families competing for the first time in a series of relays featuring various challenges such as a 15-metre dash, cup-stacking, kicking a football ball into a goal post and a race through Kidz Amaze indoor playground.

Mr Chan Chun Sing said, "Strong families are the foundation of a strong nation. For our NSmen, strong family ties give meaning to their mission of protecting our country. As a father of three children, I know it is not easy to balance career and family commitments. All fathers treasure the time with their children as they grow up fast. I am glad that SAFRA and Families for Life have collaborated to provide more bonding opportunities for fathers and their children."

Mr Gan Chee Hiong, who participated with his wife and two kids in the Family 'Four' Fun category at SAFRA Sprint Kids Xtreme 2014, commented, "Any day is a good day to enjoy activities with my family. When the children are happy, I am happy too."​

All three events, which together drew more than 1,700 NSmen and their families to celebrate Father's day at SAFRA clubs across the island today, are among 12 selected this year to promote close family ties as part of SAFRA's ongoing partnership with the Families for Life movement.

SAFRA renewed its partnership with the Dads for Life movement (renamed 'Families for Life (FFL) movement' in February this year with an enhanced emphasis to build strong and resilient families) for another two years in early 2013. Through the partnership, SAFRA received a funding of $700,000 over two years from FFL to organise more family bonding activities with the aim of achieving a total participation of 60,000 NSmen and their families.

Within the first year alone, from April 2013 to March 2014, SAFRA organised 14 Dads for Life activities and programmes, garnering a total participation of more than 70,000 and surpassing the two-year target. Another 12 FFL activities and programmes are being organised this year by SAFRA to reach out to more NSmen.

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