4 April saw the biggest Singapore Egg Hunt in Singapore, with a record-breaking 1,580 participants and 10,000 Easter eggs.
Contributed by Lynn Tan
Excitement was in the air at the sunny Jurong Central Park on Saturday, 4 April. About 1,580 children and parents filled up the park by 11am, all ready for the Singapore Egg Hunt.
Organized by Services for the Children (Kids in Total Embrace or KITE) under City Harvest Community Services Association, the target for this egg hunt was to rally over 1,400 participants consisting of children, parents, and intellectually disabled persons, regardless of race, language or religion, together to hunt for 10,000 eggs. Over 250 families were bused in from all over the island just for this event.
This event is part of the effort by KITE to bring cheer and fun to the community in the midst of the current economic downturn.
It is also to promote a sense of camaraderie in celebration of Singapore 2010. The eggs contained five different sports events, and participants had to collect one of each to qualify to win.
Drumming up entertainment was the percussion group The Strikeforce, and an exciting performance by Team Jump Rope from the Singapore Heart Foundation.
KITE also took the opportunity to make this a special day for some needy familes. A family with six children was given S$500 worth of grocery vouchers and a sponsored television set. Two other single-parent families hard hit by the financial crisis were given S$500 in grocery vouchers.
All went home happy with goodies bags sponsored by Singapore 2010. KITE scored another record-breaking attendance at the Singapore Egg Hunt, beating their own previous record of 1,230 in Singapore Book of Records.
“I am very happy because I collected many eggs and I can do art.”
Nicole, 10, at an art booth at the egg hunt.
Wu Jingli, 5 and Sheng Wei, 3 — both first time at the egg hunt and won the second and first prizes, a bicycle and Nintendo Wii, respectively in the “6 years and below” category.
“Very happy! Want to come again next year!”
Alvin Goh, 11 — He found the egg with the 1st prize of Nintendo Wii in the “7 years and above” category this year.
“It is a lot of fun with the kids and families. Most of all, I appreciate the bursary awards given to the families who cannot afford much during this time.”
Azilah, 22 — eldest sister of the family awarded the bursary and TV set.
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“It is a good opportunity for kids to meet other kids and enjoy themselves. Seeing the kids makes the effort and hard work worth it.”
Shaun Tay, 28, volunteer.