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Friends of Good Neighbour Award (GNA) started off as a way to bring all our past Good Neighbour Award recipients together and celebrate their acts of neighbourliness in our heartlands. Since 2010, the Friends of GNA has grown as more GNA recipients join in to make our neighbourhoods more gracious places to live in.
The Appreciation Gathering for Friends of GNA gives past GNA recipients, their nominators and families a chance to get together, forge new friendships, and renew old ones. As they share their stories while mingling with one another, these gracious individuals encourage each other to continue to be good neighbours and sustain the spirit of care in the neighbourhoods. These role models are also invited to join new initiatives that encourage neighbours to strengthen ties with one another!
Two Gatherings were held in 2016, for past GNA recipients and nominators, together with their families and friends, to interact with one another and to forge new bonds and friendships.
For the Appreciation Gathering on 26 November 2016, participants visited HDB’s Yuhua Display Corner. They learnt more about HDB Greenprint, an ongoing initiative to promote sustainable living through energy-efficient, water management, and waste management features.
Participants also got the chance to interact with one another during an Eco-craft workshop. Using old magazines, participants crafted them into a beautiful bouquet of flowers that they can share with friends and neighbours.
The workshop was conducted by Selena, who had participated in the previous Friends of GNA gathering in Jan 2016, and her team of volunteers. Her efforts encapsulate what it takes to be a good neighbour which is to be actively involved in the community, to bring neighbours together.
The gathering on 9 January 2016 brought participants to endearing places in Bishan, Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio towns like Toa Payoh’s Central Horizon, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, and the Dragon Playground. Participants discovered fun facts about these places while getting to know their new friends.
Participants also took part in an Eco Workshop to fold pandan leaves into beautiful roses. They were encouraged to bring back the works of art and share their handicraft skills with their friends and neighbours. One GNA recipient, Selena, made use of this idea to bring her neighbours closer together through the Good Neighbours Project 2016, and won the Most Outstanding Project (Community Category).