We were looking forward to participate in the FairPrice Walks With U this Sunday. Last week Saturday, the doorbell rang and we opened the door to receive these incredible LARGE goodie bags! (related post: Goodies From FairPrice)
Two days later, on Monday 23rd March, we were devastated by the passing of our Founding Father Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew. His funeral was slated for Sunday, 29 March 2015, the same day as the Walk.
I felt immensely grateful to the organisation when I received the following message from the PR agency handling this event midweek:
We would like to inform you that as a mark of respect for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, FairPrice Walks with U, which is scheduled for this weekend on 29 March 2015 at the Singapore Sports Hub will be cancelled.
In their media statement, FairPrice Foundation states that while the event is cancelled, it will fulfil its earlier commitment to donate $150 for each registered participant. As there are 8,000 people who had registered for the walk, this donation will amount to $1.2 million. The funds will go towards the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme to help lower-income families defray the cost of daily expenses. Last year, FairPrice Foundation donated $1 million to the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme.
Additionally, all proceeds from participation fees from FairPrice Walks With U 2015 will be donated to charity. The participation fee is $10 to $15 per participant. Participants need not return their goodie bags and T-shirt which have been distributed earlier.
However, participants who wish to obtain a refund can contact (+65) 8452 5163 (calls only) during office hours from 9.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday (excluding Public Holidays) or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, 4 April 2015, 12pm.
There were to be mass walk, various fringe activities and unique stage performances slated to bring back fond memories of our past.
FairPrice is not the only event cancelled. Many companies have cancelled or rescheduled their events and retail shops are closed on Sunday as a mark of respect for Lee Kwan Yew’s burial on Sunday.