1. The crowd cheers on, calling out their support as Dr Fatimah Lateef, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC and Adviser for Geylang Serai GROs walk down the Circle Line (CCL) Charity Runway held at the new Paya Lebar CCL Station this morning.
2. Dr Fatimah Lateef, together with other personalities like Land Transport Authority's (LTA) Chief Executive, Mr Yam Ah Mee and Singapore National Footballer John Wilkinson are doing their bit to raise fund for LTA Cares Fund. Their efforts did not go to waste. Businesses like SMRT Corporation, Citibank and Citylink Mall, and grassroots organisation Geylang Serai Citizens' Consultative Committee readily donated a total of $102,000 to the Fund.
3. Famed local couture designer Lai Chan dresses the models, which include beauty pageant winners, grassroots leaders and LTA staff, and Essensuals by Toni & Guy style their hair.
Community Discovers CCL at Open House Event
4. The CCL Charity Runway is one of the many highlights at CCL Discovery, LTA's open-house cum carnival for the soon-to-be-open stretch of MRT line from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley. Besides experiencing free rides on this new line, the public also thronged the 11 stations to admire their architectural designs and Art in Transit pieces.
5. CCL Discovery also packed in a myriad of fun-filled activities. At five of the stations - Bras Basah, Esplanade, Dakota, Paya Lebar and MacPherson Stations, each done up with a different theme, celebrity DJs the likes of Glenn Ong and Jean Danker entertained the participants with games and quizzes. Grassroots organisations and schools lining the Dhoby Ghaut-Bartley alignment also celebrate CCL's impending opening with performances such as Teochew Opera, free style football and musicals.
6. The Guest-of-Honour, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, and Second Minister for Finance & Transport, launched CCL Discovery at Esplanade Station, and visited some of the stations to watch the performances and interact with members of the public.
CCL Fan Page on Facebook
7. On 5 Jan 2010, the LTA launched the CCL Fan Page on Facebook to share the progress of the CCL with netizens. Fans of the CCL Fan Page will receive regular updates on CCL and are encouraged to post their thoughts on the Line. To sign up as a fan and receive updates on CCL, visit facebook.com/CircleLine.
About CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley
CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley is 11-kilometre long comprising 11 stations - Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway, Stadium, Mountbatten, Dakota, Paya Lebar, MacPherson and Tai Seng.
With Paya Lebar Interchange Station joining CCL to the existing East-West Line, passengers travelling from the eastern parts of Singapore can now bypass the busy City Hall and Raffles Place interchanges to get to the city and northern parts of Singapore. The same holds true for those travelling from the north and north-east commuting to the city and the eastern part of the island.
CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley will open for passenger service on 17 Apr 10 (Sat).
About the LTA Cares Fund
The LTA Cares Fund caters to those who are physically challenged and are unable to take advantage of our public transport services due to their physical condition, such as those with brittle bone disorder, patients who are vulnerable to sudden jerks as well as quadriplegic patients. Their ability to work and participate in society depends greatly on taxi services as a means of transport. However, for the financially disadvantaged, relying on taxi services is more expensive than what their limited budgets allow. In 2009, there were 85 beneficiaries.