ARTISTES LEND THEIR VOICES TO THE YELLOW RIBBON CHARITY CONCERT
Inaugural concert to encourage Singaporeans to accept ex-offenders and facilitate their reintegration into society
SINGAPORE, September 28, 2004 – Local and regional artistes will share the same stage on October 2, as they rally behind the Yellow Ribbon Project, the brainchild of the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network. The project aims to get all Singaporeans to offer these ex-inmates on the mend a second chance and reaccept them into the community.
Singaporeans will be able to join hosts Gurmit Singh and Sharon Au to see performances by local celebrities such as Sheikh Haikel and Azrina Ahmad. Foreign artistes such as the Taiwanese groups B.A.D and Tension, who will do a special rendition of the Yellow Ribbon song; and Chinese singer Anson Hu, will also lend their voices to The Yellow Ribbon Charity Concert. The concert will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The guests-of-honour for the event are His Excellency, President S R Nathan and Mrs. Nathan. Mr. Nathan will also be handing out certificates of appointment to Rehabilitation Ambassadors, who will be tasked with spreading the message of reacceptance to the community as employers, entertainment and sports celebrities. The highlight of the evening is when the audience joins Mr. Nathan and concert performers in forming long stretches of yellow ribbon, to symbolize the community’s acceptance of ex-offenders. (Tickets for the concert are available from all SISITC outlets.)
This afternoon, Taiwanese artists B.A.D and Tension and Chinese singer Anson Hu, visited the Khalsa Crescent Drug Rehabilitation Centre, where they toured the prison’s hobby craft workshop. There they saw first-hand how inmates learn craft skills such as such as batik painting, ceramic flower-making and picture framing, as part of their rehabilitation programmes to prepare them for the outside world.
During the week of the Yellow Ribbon Project, which lasts from October 2 to October 9, Singaporeans will be encouraged to wear the yellow ribbons as they go about their daily lives. The money raised from the sale of these ribbons, the concert and other activities will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which has been set up to help finance rehabilitative and aftercare services for ex-offenders, inmates and their families. It will also be used to help run awareness programmes and activities to educate the community of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders.
The yellow ribbon is a reference to the popular 70s hit in which the performer, singing as an ex-offender, returns home from prison and asks for a show of forgiveness from his wife by tying a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree.
Other activities during the week include the free screening of a community film, Coming Home, which follows the difficult journey and struggles of three ex-offenders who, having served their sentence, are released from prison. Starring in the film are Moses Lim, Irene Ang, Melody Chen and Aaron Aziz. The film has been produced in collaboration with the Media Development Authority and Central Community Development Council and will be shown on Saturday, October 9, at the open field opposite the Khatib MRT station.
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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