• Posted by SG Volunteer Team on January 28th, 2015

Volunteer as Bully – Free Ambassadors with Singapore Children’s Society!

Camp Date: 17th & 18th March 2015 (Tues & Wed) Non overnight camp

Time: 830am to 5pm [Transport is not provided to and fro Camp Venue]

Venue: Queenstown Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Hall (365 Commonwealth Avenue Singapore 149732)

Note: Volunteers will assemble at time & location allocated to them based on their roles and duties.

Organization Background/Camp Description:
Singapore Children’s Society is a voluntary welfare organization, which has been actively reaching out to disadvantaged children and youth in Singapore since 1952. We reach out to children who are abused, neglected, from low-income/single-parent families, as well as youth-at-risk.

Objectives:
This camp aims to train a group of 10 students from each participating school as Bully-Free Ambassadors. At the camp, they will:

–  Be trained as ambassadors to advocate bully-free living in their respective schools during the Bully-Free Week Campaign to be held in first or second week of April 2015
–  Participate in the Bully-Free Amazing Race, and learn to design and organize a similar competition in their respective schools
–  Develop ideas to promote Friendship and build a Bully-Free school environment

Compulsory Volunteer Training Date: 7th March (Saturday), 9am – 4pm

Requirement:

–          Must be at least 17 years old and above (*Younger volunteers are subjected to interviews.)

–          Must be comfortable working with children

–          Must be able to commit all 3 days

–          All volunteers must attend compulsory volunteer training

Volunteer’s Responsibilities:

–          Facilitate group work, provide guidance or assistance to children

–          Facilitate debrief session on camp values and objectives after every activity

–          Supervise children at all times, including meal times and outdoor activity

–          Prepare logistics or set up activities

–          Conduct games and activities

If interested, please contact Mahesh at mkurukal@childrensociety.org.sg or call him at 6276 5077.


  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on January 27th, 2015

‘Epic’ ride raises S$279,000 for Kidney Dialysis Foundation

'Epic' ride raises S$279,000 for Kidney Dialysis Foundation

A group 53 volunteer cyclists have raised S$279,000 for the Kidney Dialysis Foundation, which helps low-income dialysis patients. The non-profit group called Epic Cyclist covered a total of 1,000 kilometres (km), from Thailand to Singapore.

The cyclists returned on Monday afternoon (Jan 26), four days after starting out from Danok in southern Thailand.

Founder of the Kidney Dialysis Foundation, Dr Gordon Ku, said: “Cycling to raise funds is not something new. But the new thing is that to cycle for 1,000km over four days, which is something not many people can accomplish. They can accomplish this because they can share some common goal and passion – to help the needy in society.”

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong welcomed the cyclists with medals at a presentation ceremony at the Singapore Island Country Club.

This is the second time Epic Cyclist has raised funds for the foundation, which has served over 790 patients.

The cyclists included homemakers, banking executives and even a 62-year-old retiree who is the oldest participant. “To me, age is just a number,” said Mr Peter Sng. “The more I mix with them, the more I feel much younger. I do not feel that age is a stopping block to stop you from doing whatever you like.”

Source: CNA


  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on January 24th, 2015

A round-the-island row for charity

A round-the-island row for charity

It is a 140km clockwise journey around the Singapore coastline that 40 people have pledged to row in the name of charity.

Come 10am on April 22, a final group of 32 rowers will set off from the waters at VivoCity for Mission Row Around Singapore Island (RASI) to raise funds for global maritime welfare charity the Mission to Seafarers.

They will make their way in two replica 19th century Cornish pilot boats, which had cost S$26,000 each to build, and with the journey expected to take an entire day, each rower will take turns to do two-hour shifts.

Entirely self-funded, the S$125,000 project sees 40 rowers training six days a week.

Several corporate organisations, such as Norton Rose Fulbright, have come on board to fund this event, and the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club is providing the team with storage and training facilities.

“Every member of the project puts in at least S$888 and we have eight seed sponsors contributing at least S$5,000 each,” said Iain Anderson, a partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.

“The work of seafarers touches our customers, so we decided to do something different and push ourselves to raise money for the Mission.”

So far, S$160,000 has been raised for the charity and Lee Wai Pong, branch chairman of the Mission to Seafarers in Singapore, is hopeful that Mission RASI can raise a total of S$750,000 as they continue to reach out to corporate organisations and their regional branches to support them.

“It’s a collective effort with the core spiralling out of Singapore, although we are getting corporate organisations on board at the same time,” said Lee, a former seafarer.

“On event day, there will be concurrent events held in various parts of the world similarly to raise funds for the cause.”

“This is a milestone event and has never been attempted before. It strengthens the ethos of giving and I’m heartened by the volunteers who are taking time to do this. The spirit of kindness and giving will go a long way to providing the base funds for RASI,” he added.

A local sports charity is also set to benefit from Mission RASI, as the boats will be given to them to help them introduce rowing to youths.

“It’s not a one-off investment because we have a legacy initiative so underprivileged Singapore youth can get introduced to rowing,” said Anderson.

Source: TODAY


  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on January 23rd, 2015

Seek SG Volunteer Recruitment

Seek SG Volunteer Recruitment

Seek SG, or Stop the Eye Epidemic in Kids, is a non-profit group which aims to fight childhood myopia by encouraging parents to take their children outdoors regularly. The group is collaborating with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), Health Promotion Board (HPB) and lens company Essilor.

In today’s classrooms, 1 in 4 children entering Primary 1 already wears spectacles. Recent studies have shown that developing myopia before the age of 7 increases the risk of developing severe myopia, which is the fourth leading cause of blindness. Research done by the Singapore National Eye Centre has also shown that going outdoors is one of the best ways to reduce myopia in children. Therefore, Seek SG has decided to work on a communication campaign primarily targeted at parents of kindergarten children on the topic of myopia and to get them to take their kids outdoors regularly.

As part of this project related to myopia awareness and education, Seek SG will be holding a series of outdoor activities for children of the ages 4-9 at various parks in Singapore from 4 Feb 2015 – 7 Mar 2015.

Volunteers will be provided the opportunity to take on roles such as games facilitator, photographer, story-teller, face-painter, balloon-sculptor, prop-maker or goodie bag helper. These roles will be assigned to the volunteers after taking into account the dates that the volunteers are available, their preferred roles and their skill sets. The following table states the dates and times of the activities by Seek SG that would require help from volunteers.

Date & Time Venue Activity
Wed, 4 Feb, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Punggol Park PCF Punggol South Kindergarten Excursion
Sat, 7 Feb, 3.00pm – 7.00pm Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Outdoor Games Day Opening
Sun, 8 Feb, 8.00am – 10.30am Botanic Gardens CNY Outdoor Craft Session
Sat, 14 Feb, 3.00pm – 7.00pm: Pasir Ris Park Outdoor Games Day 2
Sun, 15 Feb, 8.00am – 10.30am Chinese Garden CNY Outdoor Craft Session
Sat, 28 Feb, 3.00pm – 7.00pm Sembawang Park Outdoor Games Day 3
Sat, 7 Mar, 3.00 pm – 7.00pm West Coast Park Outdoor Games Day Finale

By participating in the activities, volunteers can expect to gain experience from working with children, gain knowledge on event planning for a health-related cause and also get to make friends of different ages.

If you are interested to sign up as volunteers, please do so at http://www.seeksingapore.com/events

To learn more about Seek SG, you can visit the Seek SG Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SeekSingapore or follow “Seek SG” on Instagram.