21 Jul 2012

A Month of Double Celebrations for nEbO - Marking 5th Anniversary and 60,000 Membership Milestones

nEbO, the junior membership arm of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), commemorates two achievements in July, celebrating its 5th anniversary with a party at Downtown East today and officially recognising its 60,000th member. At the party, a series of youth performances by members and YouTube Stars FS Acoustics and Toh Yi Fan aka Tzire were lined up, and special deals, promotions and games prepared for members to enjoy. Lastly, the cast of ‘On the Fringe’, MediaCorp artistes – Ian Fang, Edwin Goh, Elizabeth Lee and NoonTalk artiste Kimberly Chia made a special appearance for an upclose encounter with nEbO members and fans.

The highlight of the party ‘5 is a 5last!’ was the announcement of nEbO’s 60,000th member, Ms Sharifah Shifa Mohsen. The lucky member Ms Sharifah, had the opportunity to meet Mr Patrick Tay, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC and Competency Director (Legal) of NTUC, from whom she received a welcome gift worth over $580, including a Kinect Xbox 360, 10,000 LinkPoints and a nEbO goodie bag.
The 15-year-old from Dunman Secondary School first got to know about nEbO in December 2011, through its Care community event Paint a New Hope. Together with 50 other youth volunteers, she geared up with a mask and gloves to clean and put on a new coat of paint to one-room and two-room flats of elderly residents living in Ang Mo Kio. On 30 June this year, she participated in her second Care community event, Hearts on Wheels, where she cycled to help raise food items for needy families and the elderly of Pasir Ris Family Service Centre and Apex Harmony Lodge. Inspired by other passionate youths in the community, she joined nEbO as a member in July and aims to volunteer regularly in the Care community events to help the less privileged and gain life experience.
“nEbO has a very active Care community, with dedicated activists who are serious about helping others in ways big or small. It is good to be able to find like-minded friends who share the same interest and volunteering gives me a sense of fulfilment which motivates me further to continue helping the community,” said Ms Sharifah.
Hearts on Wheels was one of two care events organised by nEbO to celebrate the occasion by giving back to the community. Over 3,000 food items were raised for needy families by the 370 participants, who cycled, bladed and skateboarded close to 1500km. Gift of Astonishment was the other event to spread cheer to underprivileged children. Members from the Magic Interest Group Enigma put up a magic performance for 20 children, and taught them simple magic tricks which they could perform themselves.
Celebrating Youth Achievements
Celebrating its fifth birthday gave the youth community an opportunity to take stock of its achievements. Launched in July 2007, nEbO was set up to serve as the bridge between NTUC and youths aged 12 to 21, engaging youths in a positive, meaningful manner and offering opportunities for personal development. Despite its young history, its members have made their mark and excelled in many national and Labour Movement competitions.
Goh Yong Qiang, who has been a nEbO member since 2009, is one such example. He has been nominated for the Stars of SHINE 2012, an award by the National Youth Council, which seeks to highlight and profile youth role models as a source of encouragement and inspiration to other youths, and recognises outstanding youth for their contributions to the community. He was highlighted for his efforts to promote youth volunteerism at Temasek Polytechnic and guiding other youths in serving the less fortunate.
nEbO’s basketball interest group has taken titles in youth categories of The Singapore Big Three, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament endorsed by the Federation of International Basketball (FIBA) and supported by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and Basketball Association (BAS). In the Boys Under 20 category, nEbO teams claimed the title and 1st runner-up position, while in the Boys Under 16 category, they were the 2nd runner-up.
Farah Erfina and Chloe Ang are two other members who have done the community proud in the U Fame Awards 2012, the Labour Movement’s inter-union singing competition. They beat out other talents in 3 rounds of competitions and secured top spots in the Grand Finals of the U Fame Awards 2012, which was held on 13 July 2012, where Farah emerged as the champion.
Mr Lim Eng Lee, Alignment Director (nEbO), NTUC said, “We are pleased that nEbO has crossed the 60,000th member milestone in 5 years. This is a testimony of our efforts and success in engaging youths.” He added, “We believe in nurturing members to realise their potential and involving our members hands-on in our events and activities so that they can develop their leadership skills and be good role models for other members. Over the years, some of our members have been successful, gaining recognition for doing what they love to do and we are very proud of them. Their achievements are stepping stones to bigger ones and we hope they will be motivated to do even better.”

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