• Posted by SG Volunteer Team on October 1st, 2015

Calling for Flag Day Ambassadors!

Calling for Flag Day Ambassadors!

Join the NKF as a Flag Day Ambassador and be part of this meaningful event on 21 November 2015!

To volunteer or to find out more: www.nkfs.org/event/flagday

  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on September 29th, 2015

Camp REConnection 2015

Camp REConnection 2015

Camp REConnection is a project initiative started in 2014 by Ren Ci Hospital, targeted at pre-university students. NUS USP [National University of Singapore (University Scholars Programme)], in collaboration with Ren Ci Hospital will be organizing a 4-day camp with the objective of reconnecting the elderly and youths of today.

The theme this year is 暖 – a Chinese word that means Warmth, and is made of 爱 (love) and 日 (day). The aim is to spread love in the day, in this case to bring warmth to the elderly and participants.

Aimed at youth participants between 16 and 19 years old, the camp organisers hope to raise awareness of the problems that beleaguer the elderly sector in Singapore, particularly those who require long-term care. The 4-day camp shall comprise a combination of theoretical and practical activities, including experiential learning and role-playing!

Through exposing the youths to the difficulties faced by the elderly in their daily lives, the camp organisers hope to stimulate their thought and compassion, thereby helping them to better empathise with the older generation. Participants can look forward to an enriching line-up of programmes, including dialect lessons, sharing sessions, as well as interaction time with the elderly residents at Ren Ci Nursing Home.

CIP hours will also be awarded to participants in appreciation of their time spent interacting with the elderly residents.

Details of Camp REConnection II
Date                   : 28th to 31th Dec 2015
Time                   : 9 am to 6 pm from 28th- 30th Dec, 9 am to 2.30pm on 31st Dec
Registration Fee : $10 (inclusive of daily lunch)

Registration starts on 27th September 2015 and ends on 5th November 2015. Interested students can sign up by registering online via http://bit.ly/campREC

Should you have any query or feedback, please do not hesitate to email campreconnection@gmail.com.

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

Walking, cooking and eating for a cause

Participants and volunteers can look forward to quite a treat at the finish line of this year’s Project Happy Feet Slipper Race.

The fifth instalment of the annual charity event will take place for the first time at Palawan Beach, Sentosa, on Nov 14. In addition to this year’s race, organiser Project Happy Feet (PHF) will be bringing back its popular Chefs For A Cause (CFAC) event on the same day in a landmark double-event special. Said chef Jimmy Chok of JC Concepts, who initiated the project in 2009: “CFAC has always been about local chefs coming together to support children-related causes and because we are very grateful to be able to do what we love (which is cooking), we want to use that to give back to society and help empower our future generations. ”

Chok is referring to 20 local chefs, including himself, Benjamin Tan from The White Rabbit, Robin Ho from The Prive Group, Pang Kok Keong from the Sugar Daddy Group and Forest Leong from the Forest Cooking School, who will cook up a storm for an expected crowd of 3,000 participants in an open carnival at Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder. This is an increase from last year’s 13 participating chefs. They will be assisted by culinary students from Temasek Polytechnic in a bid to delight guests with their signature dishes, which include bak chor mee pasta, kong bak burgers and sweet desserts such as kaya ice cream with baguette rusk and gula melaka cremeux.

The first edition of CFAC, held six years ago with support from Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, was in aid of MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) and Project Happy Feet’s beneficiaries. Led by Chok, 10 notable local chefs whipped up a three-course meal for 600 underprivileged children, who were served by 100 staff members of Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel and Project Happy Feet volunteers. The same chefs also lent four of their own recipes to put together the Recipes From The Heart cookbook, produced with support from Miele, which helped raise more than S$82,000.

The target for this year’s joint initiative is to raise S$250,000 to support education-related initiatives in both Singapore and Cambodia. The race itself is also a reminder of why the organisers and volunteers do what they do. The walking route of 2.4km is aimed at allowing participants to “briefly experience the life of a child in Cambodia, who usually walks at least 3km a day to get to school”, said a statement. Many make the journey bare-foot, as they do not have enough money for slippers.

That said, 80 per cent of the proceeds from the two events will be channelled to The Community Chest’s Special Education Financial Assistance Scheme, which provides financial assistance to needy students from special education schools run by 20 voluntary welfare organisations. The remaining 20 per cent of the proceeds will go to This Life Cambodia’s Lower Secondary School Development Programme. This Life Cambodia is a not-for-profit, non-government community development organisation.

Entertainment at the CFAC event will be provided by local hip-hop collective Grizzle Grind Crew’s Charles ENERO and LINEATH, and local singer-songwriter Jill-Marie Thomas, who will also be performing the 2015’s Project Happy Feet theme song that she wrote. DON MENDOZA

Registration for the race is S$52 per person (inclusive of admin fee) and S$52 (comprising S$50 coupon value and admin fee) for the CFAC event. Both must be made online at http://www.projecthappyfeet.org/cfac2015/.

Source: TODAY

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

Cleaning for a good cause

Cleaning for a good cause

More than 150 motorcycles swept into the Eunos Crescent and Joo Seng Road estates yesterday morning and the riders dismounted to help springclean 50 rental flats in the area.

In all, 350 participants took part in this year’s Wheels of Love (WOL) event, an annual charity event involving bike enthusiasts. They were from 13 motorcycle clubs in Singapore.

Clinic nurse manager Kelly Ho, the founder of Sheriders Chapter, a motorcycle club for female motorcyclists, brought eight other members as well as her teenage son to help out.

Ms Ho, who is in her 30s, said: “It wasn’t very hard to get the ladies to join because they are doing a good deed.”

For over an hour yesterday, the volunteers cleaned 50 rental flats ranging from one-room to three-room flats.

The charity event, which is sponsored by motorcycle spare parts company Chong Aik International, chose 50 units this year because of SG50.

New efforts have been implemented every year such as helping out at the Jamiyah Children’s Home in 2013 and painting selected residential units in Taman Jurong last year.

The event has grown in size over the years since it started in 2011. From only 15 motorcycles then, it had 150 yesterday.


Mr Nathaniel Tay, 30, who founded the WOL in 2011 as part of riding group Course Security Singapore’s activities, said: “There are not many charity rides in Singapore and I feel that there’s a need to help our country before helping others.”

The area’s Member of Parliament Fatimah Lateef, the event’s guest of honour, added: “This event is an excellent platform to bring people together, show their love of riding and also do good.”

IT programme manager Billy Ng, 53, joined WOL for the first time this year.

The member of motorcycle club Team 27 said: “It felt really good to help the elderly clean their homes… My team helped a Muslim couple just now and ensured that their home will be clean for their Hari Raya celebrations.”

Mr Ng stopped riding 30 years ago but decided to re-enter the scene as age was catching up and he still wanted to own his dream Harley Davidson motorcycle.

He intends to take his 12-year-old son and wife to help out for WOL next year.

Madam Ng Hiong Kew, 67 was all smiles and laughter after seeing that her one-room flat was spick and span.

She said in Mandarin: “After my knee operation, I can’t walk well and take a very long time to clean up so I am really grateful that they (volunteers) came over to help me out.”

Source: The New Paper