A total of 100 rafts took part in the annual race.
Despite the dampening rainy weather that plagued Singapore in the week before the annual Singapore River Raft Race (SRRR), it was all bright and sunny at Clarke Quay on 14 and 15 Jan 2006.
Over the two days, a total of 100 rafts took part in the the annual race. Participants had to build rafts with recycled materials such as plastic bottles, tyres, brooms, bicycles, cans and even rickety furniture that can endure the rigours of the waves of the Singapore River.
"We hope that through this event, our students will understand the importance of doing their part for the community and for charity, and not to merely appreciate the environment," said Mr Tan Chin Chye, Deputy Director for Department of Students and Alumni Affairs and organising committee member of SRRR.
A total sum of almost $80,000 was raised and presented to five beneficiaries, MINDS Yio Chu Kang Gardens, Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), The Haven, Clementi Student Service Centre and SP Overseas Community Service programme.
Assoc Prof Koo Tsai Kee, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, was the Guest-of-Honour.
The SRRR was first mooted in 1989 in response to the government's call for river activities along Singapore River following the clean river campaign that saw an overhaul to the cleanliness of the Singapore River.
We Can Row Too!
First time participation by members from MINDS
For the first time in the history of SRRR, eight children from the Down Syndrome Association Singapore took part in a special race, "Mariners Extraordinaire".
The rafts were designed and built by youth members from the Movement of the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) with the help of SP students.
One participant is Quek Hong An, 19, who took part in this year's River Raft Race, accompanied by two Singapore Poly students.
"The children from DSA are all very nice people, we are very happy to help and row with them," said SP Students Union President, Sentilgumar Subramaniam, who was also one of the students who took part in the race with the DSA members.
A Brawl between Students?
Sort of, but all in good jest, as student gladiators pit themselves against one another in a novel competition organised for the first time in the history of the SRRR.
With protective helmets and a long joust poles, student "gladiators" faced off against one another, balancing only on self-designed pedestals that floated on the surface of the river.
In the game called "Aqua Knocks", six students gladiators out of an original pool of 21 were left standing on 15 Jan. Final year DE student, Ang Hock Loong, was the last man standing as he took the top honours for this new race.