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Speech by SMRT President & Group CEO Mr Desmond Kuek at the Official Opening of SMRT – St Joseph Home Intergenerational Playground

Good morning Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor, Board Chairman of Catholic Welfare Services Mr. Thomas Tan, Executive Director Sister Geraldine Tan and guests.

1.    SMRT is very pleased to be part of this wonderful programme to develop an inter-generational playground here at St. Joseph’s Home.

2.    I understand this is the first of its kind to be built within a nursing home in Singapore, a common space where the residents of the home and children from the infant and childcare centre can interact, improving their overall wellbeing.

3.    As part of our efforts in Enabling Mobility, we sponsored Singapore’s first inclusive playground in 2015 at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. This playground allows children with special needs to play alongside other children in a safe environment.

4.    We were encouraged by the success of this inclusive playground, and followed up with a second playground in 2016 at Ghim Moh, this time integrating facilities for the elderly as well as children with special needs so that different generations in that community can come together in exercise and play. 

5.    So when we heard about the intergenerational playground at St. Joseph’s Home, we jumped at the opportunity to help along in this very meaningful project to better connect our community. It is most timely, as we are starting a Gift of Mobility Fund to commemorate our 30th anniversary, and have pledged $30 million in cash and contributions in kind over the coming years to aid those with mobility needs in our community.

6.    Our collaboration with St Joseph’s Home is a great example of how SMRT can work with like-minded organisations to bring different generations together in common spaces to encourage active interaction and to promote active mobility.

7.    Thank you, St. Joseph’s Home and the Catholic Welfare Services, for being a part of our journey of giving. Together, we can work towards building a more caring society, pooling our resources to bring about greater inclusiveness and accessibility.

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