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Ex-Offenders to Impress Community at Yellow Ribbon Fair

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SINGAPORE, September 8, 2005 – Ex-offenders and inmates will showcase their best skills at the Yellow Ribbon Fair, which will be held on September 10 and 11 at the Prison Link Centre (Changi). From culinary skills to multimedia projects, visitors to the fair will learn about the talents behind prison walls. The Yellow Ribbon Fair is a key event in this year’s Yellow Ribbon Project.

Guest-of-honour, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, will launch the Yellow Ribbon Fair, which aims to raise public awareness about the rehabilitation programmes for inmates, and encourage the community to play their part in the reintegration of ex-offenders into society.

“Many of the inmates and ex-offenders are very talented. The Yellow Ribbon Fair is not only an opportunity for Singaporeans to learn more about the employable skills that ex-offenders are equipped with, it is also an avenue for the inmates and ex-offenders to give expression to their positive creative energy. We hope that the talent and skills showcase will help them regain their self-confidence and to restart their lives as contributing members of society,” said Mr. Jason Wong, Chairman of the Yellow Ribbon Project Organising Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE).

The Yellow Ribbon Project began its second year with the Tie-A-Yellow-Ribbon Walk on September 3, drawing a 14,000-strong crowd. The community’s participation in the walk conveyed a comforting message to the ex-offenders that they do not have to walk alone on the path to rehabilitation and reintegration.

Organised by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network, the Yellow Ribbon Project’s objectives are to generate awareness of the difficulties ex-offenders and their families face and to call for community acceptance and action to support the reintegration of ex-offenders.

The yellow ribbon is a symbol of hope for some 11,000 ex-offenders released from the prison institutions and drug rehabilitation centres each year. Hand-made by inmates, each yellow ribbon also represents their determination to change and the desire to take greater ownership in the creation of a more accepting social environment that is willing to give them a chance to contribute to the community.

From September 3 to September 17 this year, Singaporeans are also encouraged to wear a yellow ribbon as a sign of their continued support for ex-offenders. Organisers hope that 500,000 people will wear the yellow ribbons during the two-week campaign this year.

For a minimum donation of $1, yellow ribbons can be obtained at any Baleno store or Evergreen Stationery outlet. Alternatively, Singaporeans can also visit the Yellow Ribbon Project website, www.yellowribbon.org.sg, to find out how they can contribute. Funds raised will be channeled to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports rehabilitation and support programmes to help ex-offenders and their families.

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For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Project, please visit www.yellowribbon.org.sg

About the CARE Network

The Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network’s vision is to offer hope, confidence and opportunities for reforming offenders. The CARE Network brings together various community and government organisations responsible for the rehabilitation of reforming offenders. They are the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Singapore Prison Service (Prisons), Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Industrial and Services Co-operative Society Limited (ISCOS), Singapore After-Care Association (SACA) and Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA).

The secretariat support for CARE Network is provided by SCORE. CARE Network seeks to engage the community in the rehabilitation, coordinate member agencies’ activities and develop innovative rehabilitation initiatives for reforming offenders. For more information on CARE Network, please visit https://www.score.gov.sg/programmes-services/community-partnerships/care-network

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