SINGAPORE – Around 3,000 people came together to support the Rise Against Racism campaign on Saturday (November 17) in the sixth edition of the Ribbon Orange Gallery.
They walked 3.8km around the Marina Bay area and accompanied by Halimah's President Yacob, who came off the Park Esplanade walk.
Orange Ribbon is a symbol of friendship, brotherhood and relevance based on values of respect, understanding and trust.
The annual event by OnePeople.sg- the national body for racial harmony – there are rallies in Singaporeians to stand up against racism and tackle racial discrimination and prejudice.
The multi-ethnic participants were from self help groups, grassroots, religious, community and civic organizations and the public.
Youth groups from higher education institutions, racial and religious organizations and youth executive groups also took part.
The event also included Tea Talk Corner, where young people facilitated talks about racist harmony.
Ms. Larissa Nair, 27, Indian-Chinese, was one of the participants who joined the Tea Talk Corner. He said: "Breeding in a mixed race home and relaxing with a fixed racial identity was a constant struggle that I had to go through since childhood. I am Indian, but I'm also China.
"Multiculturalism can exist with an open community, and through conversations; this is the beginning."
President Halimah also wrote his personal message against racism at the event. He wrote: "It's just one human race. The rest is just our own creations that share us."