DrugFreeSG Campaign 2023 to feature photo booth, arcade games and cannabis cultivation display
The annual DrugFreeSG Light Up will include the Plaza Singapura and Singapore Management University buildings this year.
Samples of cannabis and a mock cannabis cultivation were put on display at Our Tampines Hub over the past weekend, as part of a carnival.
It was not the work of an illegal drug cartel. Rather, it was part of this year’s DrugFreeSG Campaign by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), held in conjunction with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which falls annually on Jun 26.
The carnival was held as part of the campaign, which will also include a light-up and pop-up booths across various malls over the next few weeks.
At Our Tampines Hub, there were carnival games, reimagined arcade games, a photobooth, a pledge wall, along with samples of cannabis and a mock cannabis cultivation display. CNB officers were also present to educate members of the public on the harmful effects of drugs.
The event was graced by Guest of Honour Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State for the Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development.
To reach out to more people in the community, pop-up booths will be deployed in four malls across Singapore from Jun 28 to Aug 30. These include Bedok Mall, L1, Atrium from Jun 28 to Jul 9, Waterway Point, L1, Village Square from Jul 10 to 23, Junction 8, L2, Atrium from Jul 31 to Aug 13 and Hillion Mall, B2 Indoor Atrium from Aug 17 to 30.
Similar to the carnival, visitors can try their hand at the arcade games, take a photo with loved ones at the photobooth, and pledge their support for a drug-free Singapore at the pledge wall.
On Fridays and over the weekend, CNB officers will be around to engage the public with samples of cannabis and a mock cannabis cultivation display.
Besides this, a series of online engagements will also be held, including a photo contest, an Augmented Reality (AR) Instagram filter and #DrugFreeSG stickers. More details can be found on CNB’s Facebook and Instagram.
As for the annual DrugFreeSG Light-Up, it will be held on Monday (Jun 26), from 7.30pm to midnight. This is the sixth DrugFreeSG Light-Up since 2018. Singapore’s iconic buildings and structures will be illuminated in green or white, colours of the Anti-Drug Ribbon, which symbolise ‘Health’, ‘Vitality’ and ‘Strength’.
The event is a display of Singapore’s united stance against drugs. Forty-three partners are participating in the DrugFreeSG Light-Up this year, including 10 new community partners participating for the first time such as Plaza Singapura and Singapore Management University.
Earlier this year, the National Council Against Drug Abuse launched a drug-free youth film programme titled What’s Your Fix?, with up to $15,000 production grants up for grabs.