ONE year after completion, Kent Vale 2 officially opened its door, on the 20th of July 2013, with a big bang, literally! Our guest of honor, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, struck the gong, which symbolized the official opening of KV2, during the Grand Opening event held at The Verandah.
The event was presented in the style of a car-nival with many activities and fabulous food for all of Kent Vale residents to enjoy. As Kent Vale houses a global community, the event was themed “A Taste of Singapore” where the local kampong spirit of community bonding, local food, music and games of yesteryear was showcased. More than 800 residents turned up and weather was gorgeous. Let’s take a tour of this delightful event.
The day started at 10am with the arrival of Prof Tan where he was welcomed by the NUS Lion Dance Troupe. The crowd gathered at the Arrival plaza to watch the lions and welcome the President. Over the next half hour, the President was shown the different spaces in KV2 while the rest of the residents indulged the activities and fare.
The OHS Social Welfare Recreational Committee, with the support of OHS staff, set up a fundraiser booth to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foun-dation by retailing pre loved and brand new items that were kindly donated by KV Residents, KV2 business partners and OHS Staff. The target was to raise $5000 but the team managed to raise over $9000. Some of the big supporters were our KV2 business partners who charitably bought many of the items donated.
At 11am, everyone gathered at the Stage Area where Emcee Seetha, an executive wit h OHS, greeted everyone and welcomed DP Admin Joe Mullinix on sta ge for the opening address, followed by Prof Tan. At 11.20am, the NUS lions handed the Gong Striker to Prof Tan who then struck the gong to officially declare Kent Vale 2 opened and the NUS lions performed the “Caiqing” to the crowd’s enthrall-ment.
This was perhaps the loudest corner with delightful cheers of kids echoing throughout Kent Vale. With about 10 activities (bouncy castle, balloon sculpturing, etc.) to keep the kids happy, parents left them with OHS Staff and went about their way to enjoy the festivities.
We've seen the common buffet line synonymous with events but for the grand opening, the event aimed to recapture the look of the old Singapore street scene with local delicacies. The “back street” of the Verandah was transformed into a gorgeous 1960s - themed food street complete with Attap Leaf Stalls and live food preparation to sent everyone back to the past.
Information sheets were put at every stall to explain uniqueness of each dish.
Residents were happy with the wide array of mouth-watering food that they couldn’t help but go for a se-cond round!
The boys and girls in blue were at the event to share crime prevention messages to the residents.
Guest and residents were treated to a complimentary photo souvenir to take away a moment of history in the making.
Anyone above the height of 110cm was qualified to ride the Segway and this is what one happy resident said “Simply Brilliant! Our first Segway experience but it will not be out last. It was excellent, from the training and safety briefing to ensuring everyone en-joyed every second of the gliding. The quality and condition of the equipment was first rate, our safety was paramount, closely followed by our enjoyment factor. Well done OHS!”