A team attempts to decorate a cupcake with cream and sprinkles during the church’s One Community, One Race event.

From eating spicy buffalo wings and icing cupcakes to dribbling a soccer ball, participants in the Church of the Holy Spirit’s One Community, One Race did them all.

Organised by the youths from the parish’s RCIY/C (Rites of Christian Initiation for Youths and Children) team, the Amazing Race-styled event was a symbolic way to mark the start of the parish’s next 50 years.

Over 40 teams of four comprising mostly parishioners came together on May 29 with the aim of completing 14 checkpoints in two hours. In addition, one of the teams had a fifth member and trump card in parish priest Fr Andrew Wong, having outbid other teams for him.

Checkpoints for the race were chosen for their significance in the parish’s history within the Upper Thomson area. They ranged from the first location of the church to the favourite hangout places of all ages throughout the years.

This meant that many establishments in the community were involved in making the race happen, very much in line with what the organisers had intended.

In addition, a number of these establishments took up stalls in the post-race food fair in the canteen.

“We really enjoyed ourselves! It was good old fun, the old fashioned way,” commented participant Patricia Tan.

Fr Andrew had similar sentiments. “The race was excellent. I’m glad that youths took up the challenge and responsibility to organise such an event,” he said.

“The race really wasn’t about us,” said Mr Jude Tan, an organiser. “It was about the community. And most importantly, it was about God. He made the race amazing.”

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