PRESS RELEASE
27 Jan 2014

Getting youths to start the new year right and make a difference by being part of nEbO’s W.I.S.H.!

1. For youths who made a New Year resolution to volunteer in 2014, nEbO, the NTUC community for youths aged 12 to 25, made it easy for them to get started and find an opportunity that fitted their interest and schedule. For the entire month of January, youths were invited to join the W.I.S.H. campaign to give back and make a difference through community service. nEbO’s W.I.S.H., which stands for Ways In Sharing Happiness, aimed to encourage young people to band together to make a bigger impact in sharing happiness and to better the lives of others. This year, W.I.S.H. involved 400 youth volunteers, up from just 160 in 2013, who contributed their time and energy to bring smiles and brighten up the lives of 385 beneficiaries. 

2. nEbO’s W.I.S.H. kicked off with the opening event on 4 January 2014 at *SCAPE. At the launch, nEbO shared their W.I.S.H. calendar of events, which were initiated by members of nEbO’s own Care community. Youths could sign up and volunteer in these community service activities, organised and planned by their peers, and were also encouraged to pledge and pen down their commitment to volunteer for a good cause in 2014. In total, 186 pledges were received at the event, along with 200 sign-ups to volunteer.

3. Through W.I.S.H., nEbO hoped to share happiness with even more people as compared to previous years. In order to give a bigger hand to more beneficiaries, the events were varied to attract more youths to volunteer for causes which are near and dear to them. With over 10 different events and projects to be part of, the beneficiaries range from underprivileged children to the visually-handicapped to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Volunteers collected donations from the public, learnt magic tricks to interact better with autistic children and even helped bring underprivileged kids on a memorable day out where they experienced a joy-ride on a Vespa!

4. W.I.S.H. also featured fundraising activities for nEbO’s L.O.V.E. (“Living On the Very Edge”) movement. Initiated in August 2012, the L.O.V.E. movement aims to raise funds for various beneficiaries such as the Singapore Red Cross Society and Family Life Centre by selling orange wristbands inscribed with the tagline ‘Living On the Very Edge’ at $2 each. The movement also hopes to encourage youths and the public to spare a thought and care for the less fortunate.

5. W.I.S.H., which was initiated by youth members of nEbO’s Care community in 2009, is one of the community’s year-long community service events and activities to get youths Life-Ready. The Care community engages youths to instil a sense of social responsibility in them and encourage them to give back to the community through volunteerism. The Care community has grown significantly since its inception in 2007, and now has over 100 activists and champions who actively plan and organise the community service opportunities available for other members. Through large-scale initiatives like W.I.S.H., nEbO hopes to further grow volunteerism among the youth.

6. “nEbO is very heartened by how our Care community has grown over the years. We see not only more participants but also how some of our activists have developed a true passion for community service and inspired their friends to do the same. With the variety of community service activities and projects under W.I.S.H., there is something for everyone and we encourage youths to volunteer and give back. We hope W.I.S.H. will bring greater awareness to good causes and show how youths can work together to make a difference in the community,” said Ms Lim Kay Min, Deputy Director, Community Engagement & Membership, NTUC Club.

ANNEX: nEbO’s W.I.S.H. Calendar of Events

No

Date

Time & Venue

Event & Description

1

4 Jan

2  - 7pm

*SCAPE

nEbO’s W.I.S.H. Opening

The opening launch of W.I.S.H. 2014 showcased the community service activities and projects of the campaign & aimed to garner volunteers.

2

6 & 22 Jan

7 – 9pm

E!hub Downtown East

nEbO’s W.I.S.H. for the Philippines

This was a fundraising for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

On behalf of the Singapore Red Cross Society, volunteers solicited for donations from the public at Downtown East, where proceeds went to the victims of the typhoon to help rebuild their lives.

3

10 Jan

10.30am – 1pm

Metta School

Magic Kidz

Youth volunteers interacted and connected with autistic children from Metta School through simple magic tricks and performances, brightening their day with the wonders of magic.

4

12 Jan

9am – 11am

Youth Olympic Park

Vespa Joy Ride

Volunteers brought underprivileged children out for a joy ride with Singapore’s very own Vespa enthusiast group, the Little Tiffany Blue. It was followed by a morning of games and activities, giving them a fun-filled day to remember!

5

15 Jan

2 – 5pm

West Spring Secondary School

Ang Bao Handicraft Workshop

Using red packets, volunteers made Chinese New Year decorations for the beneficiaries from Shan You Counselling Centre. The items will be used to decorate the houses of the less fortunate at the spring cleaning session held on 25 January 2014 to bring a festive mood to their homes.

6

18 Jan

10am – 8pm

*SCAPE

RA7NBOW

A bazaar organised by youths from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, part of the proceeds contributed to the nEbO L.O.V.E. movement fundraising for the less fortunate.

Through this event, students put their entrepreneurship skills to the test while contributing to a good cause.

7

18 Jan

9am to 12 noon

Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital

Fun, Friends and Festivity

Volunteers befriended the elderly while teaching them to fold origami cranes.

8

18 & 20 Jan

18 Jan:

12 – 2pm

Downtown East

20 Jan:

7 – 9pm

Downtown East

Give a Gift of L.O.V.E.

Roadshows were held at Downtown East to increase awareness of the L.O.V.E. movement and raise funds through sales of the L.O.V.E. wristbands.

9

19 & 24 Jan

19 Jan:

12 – 4pm

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (Blk 471 – 475)

 

24 Jan:

12 – 4pm

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (Blk476A – 480)

 

Give A Book, A Gift of Happiness

To share the joy of reading with children, volunteers collected story books for children age 3 to 9 from homes in Pasir Ris. These books were donated to Care Corner Services to encourage the children to read more and improve their English.

10

25 Jan

12pm – 9pm

Downtown East

Smiles for Fortune

To bring festive cheer to the residents, youths helped the beneficiaries of Shan You Counselling Centre to spring clean their homes.

This was followed by a dinner event at Downtown East, where Shan You Counselling Centre was presented with a cheque donation from part of the proceeds of the L.O.V.E. movement.

11

28 Jan

Dialogue in the Dark Singapore

Ngee Ann Polytechnic Block 5 #01-03

 

 

 

 

Dialogue in the Dark

In a reversal of roles, youth volunteers were led by blind guides through specially constructed dark rooms in which scent, sound, wind, temperature and texture convey the characteristics of daily environments. Some of the daily challenges experienced by the visually handicapped were experienced to the youths to instil empathy in them.

After the one-hour tour, youth volunteers interacted and engaged in activities with beneficiaries of the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.

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