PRESS RELEASE
16 Jan 2015

nEbO’s W.I.S.H. – Promoting the Spirit of Youth Volunteerism

More than 450 youth volunteers from nEbO’s W.I.S.H. Care community are starting this new year on a positive note. For this entire month of January, they will be contributing their time and energy to bring smiles and brighten up the lives of more than 400 beneficiaries. W.I.S.H., which stands for Ways In Sharing Happiness, aims to promote youth volunteerism and encourage young people to make an impact in sharing happiness and to better the lives of others.

W.I.S.H. 2015 kicked off on 3 January starting with “Adventures with Animals”. Volunteers from nEbO-ITE College East CCA Club brought 20 beneficiaries from Jamiyah Children’s Home to Farmart Centre where an educational talk about animals was conducted. They learned about the various behaviours and characteristics of birds such as quails, chickens and pigeons. They also learned about the life cycle of a quail and how it was supplied to the Food and Beverage industry. After this, the children had an art-and-craft session with the volunteers, where they learned leaf shading and how to make a bookmark. At this event, youth volunteers had a first-hand experience of befriending the children beneficiaries.

With over 10 different events and projects to be part of, the beneficiaries range from underprivileged children to the elderly. Not only do the youths have the chance to give back to society and help the less fortunate, they also get the opportunity to hone their leadership skills and teamwork values while spearheading the community projects.

“Through this year’s W.I.S.H., we hope to share happiness with even more people as compared to previous years. For Paint A New Hope, our youth volunteers increased from 117 the last round to 275 this year. We had painted about 20 homes then, giving these less privileged families a fresh coat of paint in preparation for Chinese New Year. This year, we plan to paint and refresh 55 homes,” said Ms Loraine Ng Wan Ting, chairperson of W.I.S.H. 2015 Paint A New Hope.

Some other activities this year include a social entrepreneurial bazaar and an introductory ukulele session. Youth volunteers will also collect donations and unwanted clothes and shoes from the public for needy families and engage the elderly beneficiaries with adopted dogs for pet therapy. The full line-up of W.I.S.H. 2015 events and projects is available in the Annex.

W.I.S.H., which was initiated by youth members of nEbO’s Care community in 2009, is part of their 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.

“In 2009, W.I.S.H. was started by a small group of youths who had raised food rations for about 20 underprivileged households in the East area. Today, this has grown to be a month-long, island-wide event that touched the lives of more than 400 beneficiaries. Our youths have worked with new charitable organisations and they have even inspired their friends in developing a true passion for community service and volunteerism. Through such large-scale initiatives like W.I.S.H., we hope to further promote volunteerism among our youths,” said Ms Lim Kay Min, Director, Community Engagement & Membership, NTUC Club.

Please refer to Annex for details of W.I.S.H. activities. Media images are available from this link:

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/2n0dssz83ggdv/W.I.S.H._2015

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Chinese Names and Terms

National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)

全国职工总会(职总)

NTUC Club

职总俱乐部

Ms Lim Kay Min

Director, Community Engagement & Membership, NTUC Club

林家敏

署长,社区参与及会员署, 职总俱乐部

 

About NTUC Club

Established in 1986 as the entertainment and leisure arm of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), NTUC Club is a Social Enterprise (SE) of the Labour Movement, committed to the social mission of doing more for working families in the areas of work, live and play.

NTUC Club continues to reinvent itself to offer exciting union-centric promotions and programmes and today is one of the largest lifestyle providers in Singapore. Its key properties include Downtown East (DE), an integrated lifestyle and recreational destination, which caters to the wide interests of modern youths and families by bringing exciting activities and fun facilities under one roof. The infrastructure of DE has also been assessed to be disabled-friendly by the Disabled People’s Association (DPA). 

DE, which received the ‘We Welcome Families Excellence Award’ in 2013, is home to popular water park, Wild Wild Wet. The DE landscape also includes entertainment and leisure centre E!hub which features a cinema, Orchid Bowl and eXplorerkid – one of Singapore’s largest indoor family playgrounds. A second centre of eXplorerkid was opened to better serve families and children and eXplorerkid @ AMK Hub was also awarded the ‘We Welcome Families Achiever Award’ in 2013.

Other properties operated by NTUC Club include the popular holiday venues, the resorts at Downtown East and Sentosa, and four clubhouses (Union Square, Scarlet City, Happy Days and Jest D’Place).

NTUC Club also leads the efforts of engaging three communities of the Labour Movement – nEbO, the junior membership arm of NTUC, U Live, for active agers 55 years old and above, and U Sports.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Quebec Leisure International, NTUC Club also produces and manages events for both union members and the public.

For more information about NTUC Club, its communities and facilities, please visit www.ntucclub.com

 

About nEbO

nEbO, a community for youths aged 12 to 25 years, is the junior membership arm of NTUC. Set up on 07.07.07., nEbO aims to create a community of Work-Ready, World-Ready and Life-Ready youths by providing a platform for youths to develop and realise their potential through interest communities that include Music, Sports, Care, Gaming, Lifestyle and Entrepreneurship. Through nEbO, an emotional connection with youths can be nurtured and sustained, leading to a naturalised relationship with NTUC when the youths enter the workforce.

As a vibrant community of youths, nEbO believes in learning by aspiration and leading by inspiration. With over 87,952 youths joining the nEbO family, nEbO is on its way to be the largest local youth community and in a strong position to contribute to youth development in Singapore.

For upcoming exciting nEbO events, please visit www.nEbO.sg. Be a fan of nEbO on Facebook for the latest updates!

 

ANNEX: nEbO’s W.I.S.H. 2015 Events for January

No

Date

 Time & Venue

Event & Description

1

3 Jan

 9am to 3pm

 Farmart Centre

Adventures with Animals

nEbO youth volunteers bring underprivileged children out for an educational farm trip at Farmart Centre.

2

11 Jan

 1pm to 5pm

 Ang Mo Kio area

 

Simply Giving Happiness

Simply Giving Happiness is organised by nEbO Care champion Poh Yong Shun. Together with 20 volunteers, they will be collecting clothes, shoes and toys from residents at Ang Mo Kio area. These items will be donated to Salvation Army and Pertapis Children Home.

3

17 Jan

 11am to 7pm

 Downtown East       The Alley

CELEBR8TE

nEbOians from Ngee Ann Polytechnic are organising a social entrepreneurial bazaar titled ‘CELEBR8TE’ on 17th January 2015 at Downtown East Alley from 11am to 7pm. The students will be donating 5% of the total proceeds from each booth to Living On the Very Edge (L.O.V.E.) movement beneficiaries. As part of nEbO’s efforts to prepare the youths to be Work-Ready, this is a good platform to enhance their entrepreneurial skills by being a boss for a day to learn how to market, package and sell the products to the public.

4

17 Jan

 9.30am to 6pm

 Sentosa

 

Teenzest  

Youth volunteers from nEbO – ITE East CCA Club will teach the importance of teamwork and teambuilding skills to underprivileged kids through amazing race styled activities.

5

18 Jan

 9am to 12pm

 Kheng Chiu Happy Lodge

 

Pawesome Walk

20 volunteers will be engaging 20 beneficiaries from Kheng Chui Happy Lodge on a pet therapy session with 6 dogs from Save Our Stray Dogs association. This event is organised by nEbO Sports Champion, Leong Zhen Yan, and though this event, he hopes to introduce the elderly to the benefits of pet therapy.  

6

24 Jan

 1.30pm to 5.30pm

 Marina Barrage

Building Love

nEbO youth volunteers will be engaging beneficiaries from Shan You families by giving them a tour at Marina Barrage, followed by kite-flying. Through this tour, families will be able to learn more about water conservation and bond through the kite-flying activity.

7

24 Jan

 9am to 12pm

 Chen Su Lan  Methodist Home

 

Uku can do it!

Organised by nEbO Music champions Boon Hui Lu, Cheong Waii Hoong and Farah Erfina, this activity gives an introduction to music and volunteers will teach children the Ukulele to cultivate the interest of music in them.

8

25 Jan

 9am to 5pm

 Botanic Gardens

Touch a Heart with Nature

Youth volunteers from Edgefield Secondary School will bring 30 children from AMK and Punggol Family Service Centre to the Jacob Ballas Garden at Botanic Gardens for a tour to learn more about environmental conservation. They will also learn to make photo frames using recycled materials.

9

26 Jan

 9am to 11am

 Cerebral Palsy Centre

Project L.U.M.O.S

nEbO volunteers will teach kids from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore to make handicraft cards for their loved ones in celebration of Chinese New Year.

10

28 Jan

 9am to 1pm

 Cerebral Palsy Centre

 

Rejuvenate L.I.F.E. with Kids

Youth volunteers will give the children a memorable Chinese New Year Celebration where they can enjoy making handicraft together as well as watch celebratory performances by TP Students.

11

31 Jan

 9am to 5pm

 Tampines, Eunos, Toa Payoh, Marsiling, Lavender, Chai Chee, Bedok and Woodlands

Paint A New Hope

Youth volunteers will be heading to various households to give them a fresh coat of paint in preparation for Chinese New Year. Last year, our youths painted more than 20 houses and we will paint 55 houses this year with the increase in volunteers from 117 to 275.

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