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Coming Together As One Through Art

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How much can you stretch your dollar? With NTUC Co-operatives and Social Enterprises, you can stretch far!

In conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial, the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) rolled out its third series of pop-art event - "Coming Together As One Through Art" to raise awareness about co-operatives and their contributions to Singapore’s nation-building efforts. And yes, you got it right. The theme of the third edition of the pop-art was “Stretch Your Dollar”.

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Just to prove the co-operative’s view point, a pop-art event had visitors give their best stretch at the sit-n-reach booth to win prizes!

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The third pop-up art event was launched outside the Ang Mo Kio Hub Shopping Mall on 12 July at 4.30pm by NTUC Secretary-General (Sec-Gen) Ng Chee Meng. What was particularly significant about this event was that SNCF also commemorated the International Day of Co-operatives, by showcasing how NTUC co-operatives provide jobs or work opportunities to Singaporeans. 


Reflecting on his younger days, Sec-Gen Ng recounted how as a six-year-old boy, he would excitedly help his mother carry sacks of rice from the NTUC Fairprice (then called NTUC Welcome) outlet at Leng Kee Road. “The impact of co-operatives all through our nationhood has been central. It made us a more inclusive society before the word was even invented because it made real impact to middle class families.”

Sec-Gen Ng discovered that the co-operative movement in Singapore predates the birth of Singapore as a nation, with its first co-operative formed on 7 October 1925. Impressed by its strong history, he is confident that SNCF, together with all co-operatives will “chart society forward, to build ourselves to be more inclusive, to make sure that our services in Singapore are accessible and affordable to the common man and woman on the street, so that we will build a successful Singapore for all Singaporeans, regardless of class and background.”

Coopsiol Ntuc Timeline R1Dating back to the 1970s, NTUC first established co-operatives as a follow up to the 1969 NTUC Modernization Seminar, to combat profiteering and to provide affordable goods and services for workers.

Today, NTUC co-operatives deliver an integrated suite of services to meet specific needs of people in Singapore at every stage of their lifecycle - from healthcare to eldercare and childcare; from providing quality training to daily essentials, food and financial services.

All about NTUC Enterprise Co-operatives could be learnt through entering the art installation booth, which runs till 4 August 2019. Visitors could snap instagrammable art elements at the event, and participate in fun activities.

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We heard from Margaret Teo, a volunteer with Ang Mo Kio RC Zone 4, on her experience: “Through this pop-up art installation, I learnt how NTUC co-operatives started. Most people think that NTUC co-operative is only about the supermarket. I didn’t know that there’s so many other co-operatives under NTUC that meet different needs. I also discovered about the co-operative movement in Singapore and about the role of SNCF. It’s so rich in history dating back to 1925!”

Coming Together as One Through Art initiative will culminate with a final event in September this year. To close the Finale, a three-day carnival will be held from 18 to 20 October 2019 and will be graced by President Halimah Yacob.

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