10 Outward Bound Singapore’s (OBS) Alumni youth members distributed mini bounty bags to needy elderly residing in 2-room flats today.
This group of elderly was selected by the OBS Alumni who felt that they received less attention than others residing in on-room flats. They hoped to bring a cheerful close to the festive season for them.
Funds for daily necessity items in the bounty bags were raised by OBS staff. This is the first such joint charity drive by OBS staff and its Alumni. This effort was made possible with the help from the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) and NTUC Silver ACE (Telok Blangah).
OBS hopes to reach out to more less-fortunate people this year. In the past six months alone, OBS has channeled its youth participants to over ten types of community service projects organised by CDCs, Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) and other community groups.
OBS is actively working with them to find more of such similar opportunities.
Nicholas Conceicao, Director of OBS, said, “I am heartened that when given the opportunities and encouragement, our youths express a lot of enthusiasm on how they can make a difference and readily step forward to serve.”
Handing out goodie packs to the beneficiaries, 15-year-old OBS Alumni Nicole Heng shared, “I am very happy to help the less-fortunate elderly. It makes me feel grateful for what I have.”
A beneficiary by the name of Mdm Masirah said, “Thank you OBS for your gift. I can’t wait to cook up dishes for my family with these items.”
With such an initiative, OBS hopes to set a good example and rally more of their youth participants to good causes. They also want to multiply this effect to others in order to extend outreach to the underprivileged.