PRESS RELEASE
21 Jan 2016

nEbO’s W.I.S.H. – More Youth Volunteers Make a Difference Through Fun and Healthy Activities

21 January 2016 - nEbO's Ways In Sharing Happiness (W.I.S.H.) 2016 is back once again this year! Since its launch seven years ago, nEbO's W.I.S.H. was initiated by youth leaders in nEbO’s Care community and is one of the most popular activity to get more youths to give back to the community through volunteerism. The line-up of activities through the month of January is themed “Health and Wellness” so as to raise awareness and  improve the overall health and well-being of the less fortunate.

From bazaars and fitness workout sessions, to fun and games, this year nEbO's W.I.S.H. provided new, fun and healthy volunteering opportunities. We also saw an increased participation of 25% more youth volunteers as compared to last year.

We have more than 500 youth volunteers taking part in this year nEbO's W.I.S.H. activities. Besides the increase in the number of the youth volunteers, I am really heartened and inspired by the commitment and dedication of  our youth leaders. They gave up their time to contribute positively back to society and they have in turn, through their dedication, inspired many of their friends and peers to do the same. Our nEbO youths are indeed leading the way in volunteerism as nEbO serves as many as 450 beneficiaries every year," said Mr Lim Eng Lee, NTUC, Alignment Director (nEbO).

The flurry of activities started on 2 January with ‘Teatime Calligraphy’ workshops for the elderly. There were a total of 100 participants from beneficiaries such as Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home, Shan You Counselling Centre and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society. They learnt the origins and health benefits of Chinese tea and also penned down their well-wishes for the Chinese New Year on chun lians.

“It was very heartening to see the elderly enjoying themselves during the activities. Their laughter and smiles meant that our efforts were worthwhile. To me, being a volunteer is simply about putting the needs of others above mine and lending a helping hand wherever possible. Volunteering has also given me a greater appreciation for what I have,” said Mr Henry Teo, youth chairperson of the organising committee of Teatime Calligraphy.

The highlight of nEbO’s W.I.S.H. this year is Paint a New Hope, where youth volunteers will visit various needy households this Saturday (23 January) to help the families refurbish their walls and assist them with some basic cleaning. While tidying up and painting, youth volunteers can work out a healthy sweat and at the same time, enjoy seeing the transformation of these households which signifies a fresh start for these families. This year’s Paint a New Hope will be headed by nEbO youth leaders from Temasek Polytechnic.

Through community service events and activities like nEbO's W.I.S.H., nEbO Care community hopes to get more youths to be Life-Ready. The Care community will continue to engage youths to instill a sense of social responsibility and provide them with opportunities to make a positive difference to society.

Please refer to Annex A for details of nEbO’s W.I.S.H 2016 activities.

 

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About National Trades Union Congress

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is a national confederation of trade unions in the industrial, service and public sectors in Singapore. NTUC's objectives are to help Singapore stay competitive and workers remain employable for life; to enhance the social status and well-being of workers; and to build a strong, responsible and caring labour movement. NTUC's vision is to be an inclusive Labour Movement for all collars, ages and nationalities. NTUC is at the heart of the Labour Movement, which comprises 60 affiliated unions, one affiliated taxi association, 11 social enterprises, five related organisations and over 880,000 members.

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About nEbO

nEbO, a community for youths aged between 12 and 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 & Events, Sports, Care, Lifestyle and Entrepreneurship. Through nEbO, an emotional connection with youths can be nurtured and sustained, leading to a naturalised relationship with NTUC when they enter the workforce.

As a vibrant community of youths, nEbO believes in learning by aspiration and leading by inspiration. With more than 100,000 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.

 

ANNEX A: nEbO’s W.I.S.H. 2016 Events for January

No

Date

Time & Venue

Event & Description

1

2 Jan

9am to 1pm

Lifelong Learning    Institute

Teatime Calligraphy

Teatime Calligraphy will consist of a tea brewing workshop that includes a sharing session on the origins and benefits of tea drinking, as well as a Chinese Calligraphy session for the elderly to pen down their well-wishes for the New Year on chunlians.

It also aims to promote camaraderie between the youths and elderly through the festive spirit of the upcoming Chinese New Year.

2

9 Jan

9am to 7pm

Downtown East

 

GET UP, GET MOVING Bazaar

A bazaar co-organised by nEbO and youths from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, GET UP, GET MOVING Bazaar aims to educate the public on the various healthier options available for their body, hair and skin.

3

16 Jan

9am to 11.30m

Begonia Terrace Cassia 1, Downtown East

O’Lively

O’Lively is a fitness workout event specially catered to the elderly to encourage them to stay active by doing simple static exercises and through mental wellness games.

To further immerse in the festive spirit of Chinese New Year, there will be a Chinese New Year sing-a-long session and lo hei to celebrate.

4

16 Jan

9am to 1pm

Victoria Junior College

 

Dancing Kites

Organised by nEbO Champion Roy and his Victoria Junior College team of students, VJ Flyers is a kite-making and kite-flying session for children beneficiaries.

5

23 Jan

9am to 6pm

Across various locations

 

Paint A New Hope

 

Paint a New Hope is nEbO’s signature ‘Do Good’ event where youths will visit various needy households to give a fresh coat of paint for their homes.

 

This meaningful initiative signifies new beginnings for the needy, and prepares their homes to be ready to welcome the New year. 

6

24 Jan

10am to 2pm

Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club

Bowl for Hope

 

Bowl for Hope is a fun way to contribute and to do your part in helping the less fortunate. For each strike scored, an amount of S$10 will be donated to L.O.V.E Movement (Living On the Very Edge).

 

To register for this event, please visit:

Guide to Online Registration for nEbO’s Bowl for Hope 2016

7

30 Jan

10am to 5pm

Republic Polytechnic

 

Fruit Runners

Organised by nEbO youth activists from Republic Polytechnic, Fruit Runners is a day of fun activities where the less fortunate children from various beneficiaries get to participate in station games to win points to create their desired fruit smoothies at the end of the day.

8

30 Jan

9am to 1pm

ITE College East

Funminton

Funminton is a badminton exposure session for children aged 10 to 12 years old. They will be able to pick up badminton playing skills and firsthand tips from an experienced coach and with the help of the youth volunteers.

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