Oh YEAH! It’s Co-opaliciouz! Finally the big event has arrived! All the hard work… All the past blogposts, all the running around.
But I wonder, how many of us really know what’s the point of having Co-opaliciouz, or even what’s the point of attending Co-opaliciouz? Was it just because we have little cousins and nieces, or son and daughters involved in the reading of “A Very Big Storm”?
Co-opaliciouz (pronounced Co-op-a-licious) is a family day initiative that brings together Co-operative members and members of the public to celebrate of the International Year of the Co-operatives 2012.
What’s International Year of Co-operatives 2012 meant for? Why was it declared?
International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. The International Year of Cooperatives is intended to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year will also highlight the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development.
So Ladies and Gentleman, if you have taken part in Co-opaliciouz, you have just celebrated the contribution of Cooperatives in the world.
Take for example, NTUC FairPrice, a chain of supermarket. Did you know they are a co-operative too? They help in moderating the price of a basket of goods. Question! What do you do when the convenience stall near your house sells a bag of rice way more expensive than what you would normally find at NTUC FairPrice? You’ll naturally go there to buy it isn’t it? See, that way, with demand-and-supply principle in action, prices are moderated and kept in affordable range. That is a demonstration of the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development. *thumBs UP!
Alright, back to Co-opaliciouz!
So there I was running around with my DSLR trying to capture moments of people enjoying themselves, trying to capture photos of people hard at work.
It was nice seeing the change from what it was to how it is on that day.
TADA! So many people right? Luckily for the people at level 1, there were screens that does the life streaming of activities happening around.
We started off with Flag-off at Tanjong Rhu,
Guess what, the affiliates were so excited that they stood position before the Start Line. Our Master of Ceremony had to direct them back to the right place.