Launch of Family Recreation & Fun Carnivals Brings NTUC U Care Fund Closer to $10 Million TargetReleased On: 05 Jun 11

NTUC Club sponsors $1.5 million worth of programmes in the Family Recreation & Fun Carnival 2011 for lower-income union members and their families
NTUC Club, as a strong supporter of the NTUC U Care Fund, has been organising the Family Recreation & Fun (FRF) Carnivals annually for low-income union members and their families to enjoy a day of fun and entertainment for free at the Downtown East. This year, five runs of the FRF Carnivals will be held, and this amounts to a total of $1.5 million in kind sponsorship value from NTUC Club. With NTUC Club’s contribution, NTUC U Care Fund has garnered over $8.3 million in donations and sponsorship, and is on track to achieve its $10 million fund-raising target for 2011.
The first FRF Carnival for 2011 was launched this morning at Downtown East, by Mr Zainal Sapari, Director, Casual, Contract & Low WageWorkers, NTUC.In celebration of NTUC’s 50th anniversary, he took part in a mass jigsaw puzzle game together with Mr Zainudin Nordin, Director, Care and Share, NTUC; Care and Share Committee members; and 250 union members and their families to promote quality bonding and better work-life harmony in the Labour Movement.
“We understand that with concerns over rising living costs in Singapore, leisure and recreation are usually the first to go in a family budget, to cut expenses. But a family still needs to spend quality time together to bond. This is why NTUC Club has been supporting our low-income union members in this area since 2005, allowing them to have a day of fun at our facilities through the FRF programme. Union members and their families have benefited from our contributions of $7 million over the years and we will continue to keep to our commitment to provide affordable recreational options that strengthen the family unit,” said Mr Yeo Khee Leng, Chief Executive Officer, NTUC Club.  
In agreement, Mr Zainudin Nordin, Director, Care and Share, NTUC, added, “It is with the strong support of our social enterprises, affiliated unions and associations that we can continue to provide much needed assistance to our low-income members. Thus, we are really thankful for NTUC Club’s unwavering support towards the Labour Movement’s U Care Fund over the past years. As part of our continuing efforts to help our lower-income members and their families, we will be rolling out more assistance programmes under the U Care Fund later in the year.”
Four more runs of the FRF Carnival will be heldin June, July, November and December 2011, which would likely benefit about 50,000 low-income union members and their families. They will receive free admission tickets to the Wild Wild Wet theme park, food & beverage vouchers, free playtime at eXplorerkid and unlimited free play of rides, games and activities at Downtown East. As an added convenience, two-way transportation will also be provided at designated locations free, including Bukit Panjang, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Jurong and Bedok. For more information on FRF Carnival 2011, please refer to Annex A.

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About NTUC Club

Established in 1986, the entertainment and leisure arm of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), NTUC Club, is in constant dynamic flux as it seeks to reinvent itself to offer exciting union-centric promotions and programmes. The club is committed to membership recruitment and retention through generating value in union membership.
Today, the club is one of the largest lifestyle providers in Singapore. Its key properties include Downtown East (DE), an integrated lifestyle and recreational destination, which caters to the wide interests of modern youths and families by bringing exciting activities and fun facilities under one roof. DE, which recently received the ‘We Welcome Families Achiever Award’ is also home to popular theme park, Wild Wild Wet. The DE landscape also includes entertainment and leisure centre E!hub which features a cinema, an arcade, Orchid Bowl, eXplorerkid – one of Singapore’s largest indoor family playgrounds at a sprawling 35,000 square feet and a 25-metre high indoor Ferris wheel. The infrastructure of DE has also been assessed to be disabled-friendly by the Disabled People’s Association (DPA). 
Other properties include three other holiday resorts (Costa Sands Resort at Downtown East, Pasir Ris and Sentosa) and four clubhouses (Union Square, Scarlet City, Happy Days and Jest D’Place).
Among NTUC Club’s initiatives to build communities are nEbO, its youth club, U Live for Active Agers 55 years old and above as well as U Sports.
For more information about NTUC Club, its communities and facilities, please visit

About Labour Movement U Care Fund
The NTUC U Care Fund was established in 2009 to consolidate the Labour Movement’s fundraising efforts to better the welfare of low-income union members and their families. Through the collective efforts of the NTUC-affiliated unions, association and social enterprises, together with management and tripartite partners, $23.2 million was raised in 2009 to help workers affected by the economic downturn.  With the improved economy in 2010, the U Care Fund disbursed over $8.3 million to provide relief to low-income members and their families. For 2011, U Care Fund has set aside $11.7 million in assistance programmes to help low-income members cope with the rising cost of living.
U Care Fund extends its reach to the low-income union members and families through assistance programmes such as discount vouchers for groceries, back-to-school vouchers, funding support for bursaries and scholarships and family recreational packages. It also contributes to Bright Horizons Fund and NTUC Eldercare Trust to support needy children and the elderly respectively.

Translated Chinese Terms
National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) 全国职工总会(职总)
Labour Movement U Care Fund 工运 U关怀基金
Mr Zainudin Nordin
Director, Care and Share, NTUC
Mr Yeo Khee Leng
Mr Zainal Sapari
Director, Casual, Contract & Low Wage Workers, NTUC
署长, 职总合约工友, 散工及低薪工友署
Family Recreation & Fun Carnivals 家庭休闲娱乐游日

Annex A
The Family Recreation & Fun Carnival will be held on the following Sundays:
·      5 June 2011
·      19 June 2011
·      3 July 2011
·      20 November 2011
·      4 December 2011
Goodie bag items for union members:
·      4 X admission tickets to Wild Wild Wet
·      4 X food vouchers
·      2 X 1 hour free play at eXplorerkid
·      4 X wristbands for unlimited free play of rides, games and activities
·      1 X lucky draw coupon
Family Recreation & Fun Carnival 2011 Opening Programme – 5 June 2011

Time Description
8.30am Arrival & registration of members & their families
Stage games
10.30am Early bird lucky draw segment
10.45am Stage performances
11.00am Assembly of registered participants for ‘Piece the Puzzle!’
11.15am Arrival of Guest-of-Honour (GOH), Director, Casual, Contract &
Low Wage Workers, NTUC, Mr Zainal Sapari
Emcee to invite GOH, Care & Share committee members & NTUC Club CEO, Mr Yeo Khee Leng to participate in ‘Piece the Puzzle!’
11.30am Presentation of $1.5 million cheque by NTUC Club CEO to NTUC Care and Share Director
Speech by GOH
GOH leaves
12.00nn Stage performances
12.30pm Lucky draw segment
1.00pm End of opening programme