Let's Play! series launched to promote social inclusivity

Participants playing wheelchair basketball at the Let’s Play! carnival at PAssion WaVe@Marina Bay. (PHOTO: People’s Association Water-Venture)

The Let’s Play! series, which promotes greater social inclusivity within the Singapore community, was launched on Saturday (12 January) at PAssion WaVe@Marina Bay, with a carnival offering activities such as wheelchair fencing, wheelchair basketball, boccia, dragonboating, Hansa sailing and bell boating.

Jointly organised by the People’s Association Water-Venture (PAWV), the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the nine-month-long series will include six carnivals comprising inclusive waterfront lifestyle programmes held at various Water-Venture outlets to engage young families, youths, working professionals and persons with disabilities.

Norhayati Daud, assistant director (water-venture) of People’s Association Lifeskills and Lifestyle Division, said, “Promoting social cohesion in the community has always been our mission as we create new platforms for everyone, regardless of age and ability, to bond and spend time together.

“We are glad to partner NCSS once again in our efforts, and also having SDSC on board this meaningful initiative to break down barriers and forge a sustainable environment of social inclusion with our waterfront lifestyle programmes.”

Participants trying out dragonboating at the Let’s Play! carnival at PAssion WaVe@Marina Bay. (PHOTO: People’s Association Water-Venture)

This marks the second initiative between PAWV and NCSS in promoting social inclusivity, after the Inclusive Play Day in June 2018 where floating beach wheelchairs were introduced for persons with disabilities to participate in beach front activities for the first time.

Saturday’s carnival is also part of NCSS’ public education campaign “See the True Me”, which promotes inclusion of persons with disabilities in social settings, schools and at work.

NCSS’ director of service planning and standards, Chan Whee Peng, said, “Through participation in inclusive play and leisure activities, persons with disabilities are able to widen their social circles, improve their emotional and physical well-being.

“We hope more partners can step up to provide meaningful opportunities for people of all abilities to interact and foster greater understanding and sensitivity to differences.”

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