SINGAPORE – About 3,000 people met in Orange Ribbon on Saturday (November 17th) to support the Rise Against Racism campaign.
They walked about 3.8 km around the Marina Bay area and were accompanied by President Halimah Yacob, who set off on a walk at Esplanade Park.
Orange Ribbon symbolizes friendship, fraternity, and kinship based on values of respect, understanding, and trust.
An annual event of OnePeople.sg, a national racial harmony body, gathers the Singaporeans to fight racism and fight racial discrimination and prejudice.
Multi-ethnic participants were from self-help groups, grassroots, religious, community and civic organizations and the public.
Youth groups from universities, racial and religious organizations and youth activities also took part.
The event also featured Tea Talk Corner, where young people facilitated discussion of racial harmony.
Mrs. Larissa Nairová, 27, who is Indian-Chinese, was one of the participants who joined the Tea Talk Corner. She said, "She was brought up in a mixed race and fought with a solid racial identity, she was a constant struggle that I must pass from childhood. I am Indian, but I am also a Chinese woman.
"Multiculturalism can only exist with the open community and it is the beginning of the conversation."
President Halimah also wrote his personal report against racism on this event. She wrote: "There is only one human race, the rest are our own creations that separate us."