19 August 2016, Singapore – Following hot on the heels of Joseph Schooling’s breaking of the Olympic Record at the Olympic Games in Rio, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) is also attempting its own record-setting feat. KKH set the world record in 1966 for being the world’s largest maternity hospital with a record birth of 39,835 babies born that year, a record it held for ten years. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this achievement and KKH will commemorate it with a community family carnival called "Born in KKH".
“Born in KKH” will take place at Bishan Stadium on Sunday, 16 October 2016, and is an open invitation to the Singapore public from all walks of life to come for a celebration of Singapore, family life and an active lifestyle. The multi-generational family carnival is open to all, and attendees can revel in the festivities that feature family-bonding games and sports try-outs, with activities suitable for both the young and young at heart. Supported by major partners, including ActiveSG, People’s Association and Great Eastern Life, the event will be graced by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Chee Hean.
A special highlight of the event is the setting of a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the “Largest Reunion of People Born at the Same Hospital”. This record-setting attempt calls out to all who were born in KKH (of primary school age and above, due to requirements for photo identity verification) to reunite and celebrate this shared affinity. Those born in the record-setting year 1966 will also have a special place in the celebrations. The current record holder is The Medical City, a hospital in the Philippines, which set the record on 12 April 2015 with 1,221 individuals who were born in that hospital. A recent challenge for the record on 7 August 2016 by a hospital in Iowa (USA) ended with the record unbroken.
“KKH has evolved over the decades into Singapore’s largest tertiary referral centre and is a recognised leader in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Neonatology. Today, the hospital is not only a place where we welcome and celebrate new lives; it has grown into an iconic and well-loved Singapore landmark which holds a special place in the hearts and minds of families across the nation. We hope to have 3,000 people participate in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt and appeal to those born in KKH to join in this momentous event,” said Associate Professor Tan Heng Hao, Chairman of the Born in KKH Steering Committee, and Deputy Chairman, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KKH. Associate Professor Tan was also born in KKH and has been working in the hospital for the last 16 years.
Since KKH’s founding in 1858, more than 1.2 million Singaporeans have been born in KKH. And it is from the delivery suite of KKH that the fabric of Singapore society was woven with everyone contributing to the building of the nation in their own unique way. “Born in KKH” celebrates the ethnic and cultural diversity that is Singapore, and all born in KKH regardless of race, language, religion or background. KKH extends a warm invitation to everyone to participate in the community family carnival, and calls on all eligible individuals born in KKH to register and be at this once-in-a-lifetime GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Attempt Criteria:
To be a part of this record-setting attempt, individuals need to fulfil the following criteria and register online:
- Be born in KKH (“Kandang Kerbau Hospital” or “KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital”)
- Be of primary school age and above
- Be present at the event and seated by 9.15am to be counted for the record-setting attempt
- Bring the following documents for verification on the day of the event:
i) NRIC or Ministry of Education Student Pass
ii) Birth certificate (Original or photocopy. Softcopy or photo image is not allowed)
iii) Registration confirmation email with QR code
iv) Documentary proof of change of name, if applicable
To be a part of yet another historic moment in Singapore’s history and make our mark in the world as a nation, the public can register for the record-setting attempt at:
- Born in KKH microsite – www.kkh.com.sg/borninkkh
- One of the four Community Clubs located at Bishan, Bukit Batok, Nee Soon East and Marine Parade between 25 August and 28 August 2016 (Thursday and Friday: 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 7pm)
All record-setting participants will receive a limited edition commemorative NETS FlashPay card and an event goodie bag, and stand a chance to win attractive lucky draw prizes.
For more information and FAQ on the event, the public can go to www.kkh.com.sg/borninkkh.