Contributed by Koh Yonghui
In an attempt to encourage healthy living, Sun Ai Zhen, 32, Zone Supervisor of City Harvest Chinese Church (CHCC), organized a mini sports day for members in her zone. The aim was simple; to encourage the members to exercise and develop a love for it.
Equally keen were the members, who came decked out in blue, green, yellow or red, each color representing the different sports stations they had signed up for. After a short warm-up session, everyone jogged to the different locations for a good two-hour exercise. The activities included basketball, badminton, table tennis and jump rope.
Tian Xiao Shuang, 20, a production operator, who had only joined CHCC recently, felt that, “it is good that the zone organized this sports day. It is beneficial for good health and a fun way to relax after work.”
Those who took part in the jump rope station not only skipped but also chatted with one another and played other icebreaker games. They also got to watch their zone supervisor in action as Sun took the skipping ropes and began skipping with everyone else. One participant, Chiam Gaik Ngoh, 31, an accountant, enjoyed the bonding that was taking place amidst the sports activities. “During the activity, we could feel that everyone became closer, like a family. There were meaningful conversations and the exercise was good.”
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After a few rounds of badminton, the oldest participant, a 79-year-old retiree, Lim Saw Choo commented that “during the exercise, it felt as though everyone was still in their teens. I’m so happy; I’ve not exercised like this before!”
Another elderly, Arifin, 70, also a retiree who took part in the badminton sessions said, “Although we are older and not as energetic as the young people, we still had a good time. If there are future events like this, we will definitely take part.”
Koo Lee Min, 22, a purchase officer, was all smiles, “I hope that everyone would come and take part in the next sports event; you get to train up your body and get to know your friends better.”
Sun felt that the event was a success as everyone was happy and they “really did exercise a lot”. She hopes to organize such an event once every two months.