No. of Hours: 62
Date: 31 August 2018 / Friday
Category: Community Leadership Initiative

For residential project, i signed myself up along with Boys’ Brigade Annual Share-A-Gift project. The Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift is a community service project that promote the spirit of caring and sharing among Singaporeans during the Christmas season. This project is unique as donors does not contribute through pure financial giving, instead through buying a ‘gift’ for the less privileged in our society.

 

The theme of this project revolves around “ Have a Heart, Share a Gift” , whereby its intention are to bring cheer and relief to the less fortunate, as well as use the platform of students who are serving in Boys’ Brigade to inculcate the spirit of community service, and promotes on the caring and sharing culture among Singaporean.

 

I represented the company i was volunteering with then, Boys’ Brigade 9th Singapore Company as a Primer ( Volunteer Instructor ) to help out in Headquarter for this mass event. Share-A-Gift event last during the whole of December and i was assigned to Shift 6, to help out for consecutive 5 days of duties up to 60 hours clocked. One of my responsibilities as a Primer in my shift was to take care of the hotline enquiry from the beneficiaries and the public. Stationing at the hotline, i would often receive call from the beneficiaries most of the time, and purpose of call usually revolves around the period for delivery of “gift” to them. It is important for me to keep my professionalism during duty as sometime i would receive call from beneficiaries who are slightly more aggressive and agitated in their tone, complaining on the efficiency of our delivery and alongside with some irrelevant question or prank call from time to time. Other than beneficiaries, we also do receive calls from volunteer of the public as driver to help us with the delivery as long as they have a vehicle. It was really heartwarming and motivating for us to have the member of the public to contribute in their own ways, using their own free time to help out the needy and promote the need for more such kindness to continue spreading in Singapore.

 

Primers other responsibilities includes warehouse management, manpower distribution, and assists in delivery/collection.

 

At the start of a day, at 8am, all the primers representing different company will all gather the meeting room along with officer in charge who will update us on our roles and things to take note for the day. At 9am, Senior Boys representing various secondary school in Singapore will fall in at the headquarter, ready for inspection and get ready for the day. The boys will then be breakdown into group of 8/9, each assigned to a primer. Each team are to take charge of various section of warehouse which is classified based on category of food item stock, such as Rich/Noodle, Biscuit, Canned Food, Drinks, and other special section such as Gift Bag Packing Team and Delivery Team.

 

Each team are responsible for the neatness and quality of food stock at all times during the shift. I was assigned to the Rice/Noodle section. I was given a team of 8-9 boys everyday. Throughout the day, huge truck carrying food stock collected from various supermarket in pallet will be dismounted at the headquarter and our duty is to dismantle the pallet and move all the stock toward various sections, getting it ready for packing. I would ensure that my team is always on task and keeping up the neatness of their section so the packing team can have access to all stock easily for packing.

 

For the last two day of the duty shift, i got the chance to assist in helping out in the delivery. Due to surplus of stock piling up at the warehouse and most of the delivery of ‘gift’ bag to beneficiaries are done, excess food stock are packed in boxes and delivered to different NPOs ( Non-Profit Organization ) within Singapore.

 

Overall, five days of consecutive shift of volunteering for Boys’ Brigade Share-A-Gift was physically draining with arranging and packing of stock and doing delivery across Singapore but at the same time meaningful. Being able to use this platform to reach out to the public about spreading kindness and helping the less fortunate people, in my opinion, i feel like it is more than just giving out the “gift” bag of necessities and food item to the beneficiaries , it is also to let them know, that the society do still care for them, and give them the drive, the motivation to continue to enjoy living through everyday. Also with the boys, also our future generation, this projects certainly taught or shape them with the heart to continue in spreading kindness, helping people who are in need no matter of their ethnicity, color, rich or poor.

60 hours over 12 months
No. of Hours:
Date: 31 August 2018 / Friday
Category: Admin

Service Section

Expectation: to use the opportunity by giving back to the community, appreciate the community and opening up exposure to various culture, classes towards poverty,inequality, and other world issue.

How?

Participate in the Youth Expedition Project Oversea to seek oversea and cultural exposure towards how children/students oversea  who are under privileged are living, and use the opportunity to provide assistance and learning for them.

Other than that, also through local community work, such as volunteering with NPOs to give back to the local community such as doing Meal-On-Wheel Delivery with TOUCH Homecare.

Adventurous Journey

Expectation: to experience outdoor living, at the same time develop and improve on my leadership skill, adaptation, teamwork and review of my physical and mental strength while working in high stress environment

Planning Phase:

divide planning phase into three meeting. Meeting agenda will be breakdown of various roles and responsibilities, and plan on routes, safety evacuation, food and logistic breakdown, coming up and understanding with the whole timeline of the adventurous journey

and followed by the preparation of the logistic, the necessary precautions and finalizing of the planning before execution.

Day 1: Urban trekking from Sembawang Camp Challenge to Raffles Marina. Estimated time taken is 9 hour inclusive of breaks. Sleep over on boats at night.

Day2: Sailing to 1D15 from Morning to Afternoon, Dragonboat to Lazarus and forth Tanjong Site from Afternoon to Evening.Tent Pitching at Tanjong Site and Sleep over in Tent.

Day3: TCH ( Team Challenge Hourglass ) Accreditation and Night Sail to Raffles Marina

Day4: Morning Run, along with full debrief and closing on the whole AJ

Post AJ: Unpack of Logistics, reflect on journey and think of how experience can be applied and further improve upcoming AJ

Skills Section

Expectation: obtain a driving license and have a better understanding of the road safety

How?

Take up Driving Lesson class with Bukit Batok Driving Centre and study Road and Traffic Theory on my own.

Timeline ( within 12 month ):

1. Complete Basic Theory Test

2.Complete Final Theory Test

3.Sign up for Practical Driving Class

4.Take up Traffic Police Driving Test

Physical Recreation Section

Expectation: undertake a martial art and learn more about on self defense, fighting and sparring technique and improve physical fitness and form. Looking to grade and promote to higher belt level on more complex syllable

How?

Take up Martial Art CCA : Ninja-Do Kitagaryu with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and attend weekly training, and prepare for syllable grading for promotion to higher belts.

Residential Project

Expectation: learn to spread kindness and awareness of helping the under privileged, at the same time use the opportunity to shape and teach the secondary school boys on importance and the need for caring for the under-privileged.

Execution

undertake in Annual Boys’ Brigade Share-A-Gift project as a primer ( volunteer instructor ), will be taking charge of warehouse management, manpower distribution, assisting in delivery/collection of “gift”, alongside with other primer from various institutions.