08 Nov 2016
Dressed in purple shirts and headscarves, a 20-strong DSTA contingent marched in the Purple Parade event on 5 November 2016 to show their support for people with special needs.
The Purple Parade is a movement that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of people with special needs. This year, it culminated in an event comprising a carnival, concert and contingent march-past at Suntec City.
In his opening remarks at the event, guest of honour Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Tharman Shanmugaratnam stressed the importance of inclusivity and noted the initiatives and efforts made in support of the cause.
Following that, Purple Parade participants gathered on stage with DPM Tharman to put on purple paper hats before beginning their march-past around Suntec City.
Senior Engineer (Enterprise IT) Desmond Ho shared, “I had a great time marching with my colleagues and I am happy to be able to show support for people with special needs.”
“I believe strongly in an inclusive society and am glad to spend my time on a good cause like this,” said Engineer (Cybersecurity) Donavan Cheah.
“The Purple Parade was a very meaningful way to spend our Saturday and I had a good time bonding with my colleagues,” added Procurement Executive Tan Geok Ee.