The Purple Parade - Promoting inclusion for our special needs community does not end here - but rather a fresh reminder for us to take action to move our nation towards inclusivity!
The Purple Parade is the largest movement in Singapore that supports the inclusion, and celebrates the abilities, of persons with special needs. Inaugurated in November 2013, The Purple Parade is making a movement towards a more inclusive society, opening the public’s eyes, hearts and willing hands to the special needs of people around us.
With more than 240 partners and sponsors who pledged their commitment towards promoting inclusion for our special needs community, The Purple Parade 2019 was a huge success. And one parading contingent caught the editor’s eyes who was at The Purple Parade.
The contingent from Asia Farm Purple Tea, together with Aphasia SG, formed a dragon sculpture using recycled plastic bottles right from their Ready-to-Drink Purple Tea. Truly the right drink for the right parade indeed. What’s more interesting is the different artworks done by the beneficiaries by Aphasia SG.
Aphasia SG formed the ‘Chit Chat Café’, which is a support network for persons with Aphasia (PWA) and their caregivers in Singapore to meet together. Established in 2018, Aphasia SG is led by Evelyn Khoo and her team of dedicated speech therapist volunteers to promote socializing and speech-related treatments.
Brand Ambassador for Asia Farm Purple Tea Danielle Gan was also at the parade to spread awareness and do her little part to support persons with special needs. Speaking to us, she felt honoured and fortunate at the same time to be able to participate in this special event.
“It was my first time participating in such a big event and what really strike me was to show our solidarity and support the inclusion, and celebrates the abilities, of persons with special needs. I also got to know more about aphasia after working with Aphasia SG's group of beneficiaries. Really glad and honoured to be part of this event.”
The movement culminates in a huge celebration— true to its movement name— in purple parade. It's an outward show of solidarity and support when we all step out to come together. Let's celebrate the abilities of people with special needs, because different does not mean less!