Online nominations for Singapore’s Friendly Neighbourhood Award 2023 now open
The award by the Singapore Kindness Movement aims to promote kampung spirit in modern-day Singapore.
Nominations for Singapore’s Friendly Neighbourhood Award (SFNA) 2023 are open from now till Jan 31, 2023.
The award is organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), the Housing & Development Board (HDB), People’s Association, Municipal Services Office and SG Cares.
According to SKM, the award aims to foster a more cohesive and united Singapore by showcasing real-life stories of gracious living and the importance of kinship among neighbours. It is given to nominees who have displayed exemplary neighbourliness.
General Secretary of SKM, Dr William Wan said: “When neighbours are empathetic and caring towards one another, it builds resilience in the neighbourhood and that’s the ‘kampung’ spirit we wish to highlight.”
Some of the qualities which neighbourhoods are judged upon include the presence and sustainability of community-initiated activities, acts of embracing and celebrating each other’s achievements, milestones and/or culture and examples of the kind acts that were performed.
The community-initiated activities must have been carried out from 2019, and involve at least five different households. Upcoming activities that have been planned should also be included.
For acts of kindness, those nominating their neighbours are required to provide three stories on how their neighbours have supported each other through tough times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are also encouraged to share photos and videos of the community-initiated activities or friendly interactions mentioned and quotes or notes from their neighbours showing messages of appreciation.
Residents of various housing types such as HDB flats, executive condominiums, private housing and condominiums can nominate their favourite blocks, estates or streets. A plaque will be awarded to the blocks and estates selected as award recipients.
Nominations can be submitted online through the SFNA Nomination Form. Only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 21 and above are allowed to make a submission.
More details about the award and the ceremony can be found on SKM’s Facebook page and the SFNA webpage.