Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bingo & Treasure Box Nite 2010

12 February 2010

2 days before Chinese New Year, markets will be open till late night to allow for everyone to do their last minute shopping. To draw crowds to the market and to entertain the residents doing their shopping, the Eunos Bingo & Treasure Box Nite is held annually. A brainchild of Hock Rong, this year's event was jointly organised by the Eunos CC YEC, Zone '1', '2' & '3' RCs.

While the event was held from 8pm till late night in the past years, this year's was held from 5pm-7pm, as the shop merchants association had other programmes after 7pm. It is a working day (Friday) and most people might still be on the way back from work. We were worried about the attendance.

Fortunately, everyone loves Bingo! At 5pm, the crowd started to fill the seats. As we started playing the first round of Bingo, more and more passers-by started to buy tickets.

Took a rest after the 2-hour gameshow, before visiting the market and neighbourhood with the MP, Mr Zainul, and fellow grassroots leaders. Residents were greeted with mandarin oranges by the MP.

It must be more than a decade since I toured the market 2 days before the Chinese New Year. There were jolts of memories as we walked around the neighbourhood.

One of the shop owners even called for a lion dance performance to entertain the residents.

YEC members also got to talk to some of the youths who expressed interest in joining us in community service work.

The visit ended past 1am. It was a fruitful night.

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