SINGAPORE, September 3, 2005 – Some 200 ex-offenders walked through the gates of the old Changi Prison this morning, and were warmly welcomed by the 12,000 participants of the Tie-A-Yellow-Ribbon Walk, the most visible demonstration of community support for ex-offenders in Singapore to date.
Led by leaders from the five Community Development Centres (CDC), community organisations and religious groups, more than 12,000 Singaporeans – including ex-offenders and their families – embarked on the 3.5 km walk.
The event ended on a high note when participants tied yellow ribbons around 50 trees at Pasir Ris Town Park as a gesture of their commitment to free ex-offenders and their families from the social stigma they face. During the two-week period of the Yellow Ribbon Project, these trees will be displayed at MRT stations, shopping centres and Golden Village cinemas around Singapore.
The Tie-A-Yellow-Ribbon Walk marks the start of this year’s Yellow Ribbon Project, a campaign organised by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network to generate awareness about the challenges ex-offenders and their families face, and to create a more accepting social environment where ex-offenders can restart their lives as contributing members of society.
“Ex-offenders need to know that they are not alone on their road to rehabilitation and reintegration. This morning, Singaporeans walked alongside ex-offenders at the Tie-A-Yellow-Ribbon Walk to show their acceptance and willingness to give ex-offenders a second chance. We hope that the community will go the distance and continue to give ex-offenders the support they need to stay on the right path,” said Mr. Jason Wong, Chairman of the Yellow Ribbon Project Organising Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE).
Starting from today until September 17, Singaporeans will be encouraged to wear a yellow ribbon as a sign of encouragement to ex-offenders as they restart their lives on release. They will also be invited to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Project activities such as the Yellow Ribbon Fair on September 10 and 11, where the community can learn how they can take greater ownership in the rehabilitation of inmates and ex-offenders.
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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
Last Updated/Reviewed on 05-February-2018