THEY are so precious to her that they are kept in their original plastic packaging, to be taken out of storage and admired occasionally.
Madam Ang Mua Cheng, 52, a housewife, has collected 11 Big Walk T-shirts dating back to the Big Walks held in the 90s.
Said Madam Ang in Mandarin: “The T-shirts are souvenirs of the happy moments my family enjoyed at the Big Walk over the years.”
She can’t wait to register for the Big Walk on Sept 2 and add this year’s T-shirt to her collection.
“I like all the Big Walk T-shirts because they are so colourful and well-designed. But last year’s Denizen T-shirt is my favourite because the design is simple and the material is of high quality.”
Big Walk registration opens on Thursday and Denizen returns for a second time as the official apparel sponsor. Participants can each claim a limited-edition Denizen T-shirt worth $29.90.
The T-shirt is among the $700 worth of goodies that each Big Walk participant will receive.
Like last year, Denizen has designed a new Big Walk T-shirt exclusively for participants. They are not available for sale.
Mr R. Dhinakaran, managing director of Jay Gee Melwani Group, which carries labels such as Levi’s and Denizen, said: “We support TNP events when we see the synergy between our brands and the events and activities.
“For example, having Levi’s as a sponsor to help aspiring young women pursue their dreams in TNP New Face, and Denizen fostering community bonding with TNP Big Walk.”
And Madam Ang is one of the thousands who treasure the special T-shirts associated with the Big Walk .
Especially meaningful to her is the Big Walk T-shirt from 1995 – the first year she participated with her husband and three children. Her daughters are now 17 and 28, and her son, 25.
Madam Ang even took pains to alter the sizes of the T-shirts for herself and her daughters.
She said: “For some of the years, the T-shirts were too big for us, so I would alter them to fit us. Some of the other Big Walk participants were very curious and asked how we managed to get smaller sizes.”
Madam Ang and her husband have missed a few Big Walks since 2005 as her husband has difficulty walking, but she hasn’t missed out on the T-shirts.
Said Madam Ang: “I encouraged my children to go with their aunts and cousins, so they brought back the Big Walk T-shirts for me.”
She hopes to take part this year.
“I am curious about how this year’s T-shirt will be like. I can’t wait to see it,” she said.
Watch out for details on the exclusive T-shirt in The New Paper next week. For more information on the Big Walk, go to www.tnp.sg/bigwalk