Singapore, 25 July 2015 – More than 2000 people of all ages, ethnicities and athletic abilities participated in the worldwide celebration of Olympic Day this morning with a fun family walk and try-outs of various Olympic Sports related activities at the Jurong East Sports Centre.
Guest-of-Honour Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, flagged off the 1.8km walk at 8.40am.
Presented annually by McDonald’s and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), the Olympic Day Celebrations look to spread the Olympic ideals and values of excellence, friendship and respect, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to get active. This year’s Olympic Day Celebrations also coincide with the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival (SYOF) 2015 that will be held from 25 July to 2 August 2015.
“We are pleased to collaborate with McDonald’s for this year’s Olympic Day Celebrations. The Olympic Day Celebrations bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to keep active and embrace the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. This year, besides the Olympic sports-try out and carnival activities, participants will also get to support the participants at the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival. We hope everyone enjoy the activities and immerse in the celebration of Olympism in Singapore,” said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
“McDonald’s became an Official Sponsor of the Olympic Games in 1976 and has a longstanding commitment to the Olympic Movement. As the presenter of the Olympic Day Celebrations in Singapore since 2003, we have always supported the Olympic ideals of excellence, friendship and respect. We believe that this annual walk is a fun way that we can spread these Olympic ideals to the community we serve in Singapore!” said Mr Robert Hunghanfoo, Managing Director, McDonald’s Singapore.
Participants also had the chance to become “Olympians” for the day as they tried their hands on Archery, Football and Basketball. Other fringe activities including a Spot Art Competition and Sand Art Activity were also enjoyed by the participants.
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About the Singapore National Olympic Council
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national non-profit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Youth Olympic Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore’s involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg Follow the SNOC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SGOlympics and @SGOlympics on Twitter and Instagram.
About McDonald’s Restaurants
In Singapore, McDonald’s has a network of more than 125 restaurants island-wide, over 12 Drive-Thrus, over 30 dessert kiosks and over 50 McCafé outlets.
McDonald’s is the first in the industry to offer super-convenience with McDelivery 24/7TM (online ordering available at www.mcdelivery.com.sg), 24 hours Drive-Thru, 24 hours dining at a majority of restaurants daily or on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays) and Breakfast from 4am.
McDonald’s employs more than 9,000 people in Singapore and serves more than 6 million customers every month. It is the recipient of the Aon Hewitt Best Employer award in 2007 (Singapore), 2009 (Singapore & Asia) and 2011 (Singapore & Asia), the national Service Excellence award in 2008 andclinched Aon Hewitt’s Best of the Best Award in 2015. McDonald’s Singapore also won Best Mature and Re-employment Practices and Best Recruitment Strategies at the HRM Awards 2014.
McDonald’s has received recognition for its green efforts winning six “Green Mark for Restaurants” certifications by the Building & Construction Authority of Singapore. McDonald’s was also the first in the industry to achieve the Platinum Green Mark award for its restaurants at Jurong Central Park and Yishun Safra.
For further information on McDonald’s Singapore, please log on to www.mcdonalds.com.sg.