NUS Day of Service 2017
The NUS Day of Service, launched in 2016, encourages the entire NUS community to come together and give back to society. This year’s event was held on 9 September and the Faculty organised various activities in support.
The Faculty collaborated with the Community Chest on the Heartstrings Walk 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands area, with Mr TAN Chuan Jin, former Minister for Social and Family Development, as the Guest-of-Honour. The event gathered our partners, volunteers and beneficiaries, to support the theme of building an inclusive society in Singapore. All proceeds from the event will aid more than 600 beneficiaries nation-wide.
More than 60 students, staff and alumni members took part in the Fun Walk segment with their families, participating in a plethora of booth games and activities to raise awareness of the special needs community in Singapore.
In collaboration with Healthserve, which assists migrant workers in our community; the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, a community project to provide pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school; WateROAM, a water treatment supplier; and NUS’ Office of Alumni Relations, Year 2 Life Sciences student Michelle KO Shi Min and our Forensic Science Alumni Group organised the event, “A Day in the Shoes of a Migrant Worker”, which reached out to migrant workers in Singapore. Held at Mandai Westlite Dormitory, the volunteers got to know the migrant workers through an afternoon of food, games and sports. A total of 40 volunteers reached out to 35 migrant workers during the event.
For the second year running, the NUS Food Science and Technology (FST) Alumni Group also took part in this initiative by participating in World First Aid Day 2017 which was organised by Red Cross Singapore. Held at Taman Jurong Community Centre, the alumni helped the organisers to prepare emergency packs which were distributed to the beneficiaries. At the event, participants also learnt the proper ways of applying first aid procedures.
Mr Daniel CHIA Han Yong, President of the NUS FST Programme Alumni Group, said, “We believe in giving back to society in whatever ways we can. The yearly NUS Day of Service serves as an excellent platform for us to do so. Besides giving, the group built rapport and friendship by mingling with the beneficiaries. We will continue to support this meaningful event.”
It was a pleasant surprise for participants when they got to pose for an exclusive photo with Mr Desmond LEE, Minister for Social and Family Development, and the Second Minister in the Ministry of National Development; and Mr Benjamin WILLIAM, CEO of Singapore Red Cross.