Building on the success of our “Play It Forward” event previously, Frasers Property Singapore is embarking on another meaningful campaign this June.
This year, we hope to increase awareness of the special needs community by partnering the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Centre for Adults through a series of fun-filled activities that will empower them with opportunities to develop their skills and help them in fund-raising.
In this second edition (Play It Forward II: The Ropescape), we will be introducing the largest indoor playground that will rove around our malls during the entire month of June. For a small donation of S$5, children can enjoy 20 mins of fun-filled playtime in the Ropescape. Through play and interactive fun, we hope to encourage both children and adults to participate in these mall activities, while at the same time, contributing to a good cause. We aim to raise over S$50,000 for APSN.
We will enter the Singapore Book of Records for the largest rope playground on 2 June, at Waterway Point.
This year’s campaign will also involve a volunteering component where we encourage volunteers to contribute their time at upcycling workshops and join us in our efforts to support the special needs community. From July to November, trainees and alumnus from APSN will conduct upcycling workshops with members of the public to crochet items for sale in the run up to their Christmas Bazaar.
Empowering the beneficiaries
APSN is one of the biggest organisations in Singapore that provides special education and vocational training for people with mild intellectual disabilities. It’s Centre for Adults are devoted to training former APSN students and helping them integrate into society by getting them employed.
The centre, located at the Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub in Eunos, currently trains adults in different skillsets to prepare them for a range of industries, from food and beverage to retail services.
On top of providing sheltered workshops and job training, the centre also helps trainees to experience an actual working environment in preparation for employment.
Indoor fun for the family
From 25 May to 1 July 2018, our customers at Frasers Malls can expect to see roving installations of the first-in-Singapore indoor crochet rope playground in seven of our malls. The playground, measuring 10 metres by 7 metres, took 35 crochet artists three weeks to complete and is fashioned from over 600kg of colourful nylon ropes.
Besides enjoying 20-minutes of fun in the Ropescape, children can also look forward to swinging on pendulums and donut structures in the play area. The ball pool from the previous Play It Forward campaign will also be making a comeback at the base of the Ropescape to lend an extra element of fun.
Adults not forgotten
Not forgetting the adults, we have also created a series of fun-filled treasure hunts which they can be participate in. With a minimum spend of S$30, shoppers can stand a chance to participate in one of the 8 daily sessions, with a total price value of $10,000 across our 7 malls.
Shoppers can also participate in our Hit the Bullseye game that will be available at selected malls. Shoppers will receive 3 balls to hit the bullseyes fabricated from crochets, with a minimum spending of S$30.
Upcycling Programmes: Call for volunteers
In our efforts to contribute positively towards sustainability, these vibrant and colourful crochet rope playgrounds in our malls will be upcycled into everyday items such as bags, homewares, pet accessories and even jewellery at the end of the campaign in June.
Trainees and alumnus from APSN will be holding an Eco Rope Art Jam workshop on 2nd June at Waterway Point. In this introductory session, volunteers will learn to create eco-friendly works of art and handicrafts using the upcycled materials from the playground.
Baskets, friendship bands and more will be for sale at APSN’s Christmas Bazaar
Following this initial introductory session, there will also be weekly volunteering workshops between July and November 2018 to create more crochet items in the lead up to APSN’s Christmas Bazaar.
Expect to see hand-crocheted baskets, friendships bands, water bottle holders, and floor mats for sale at the bazaar, where all proceeds will go towards the organisation in support of vocational training for the special needs community.