No. of Hours: 2 hours of Check In + 6 hours of programmes + 2 hours of Check Out = 10 Hours
Date: 16 December 2018 / Sunday
Category: Community Leadership Initiative

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Client: Care Corner Family Service Centre @ Christmas Admiralty) “Give Thanks”

Date: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 1 PM – 11 PM

Time of Event: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 4 PM – 9 PM

Check-In: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 1 PM – 3 PM, 2 Hours

Check-Out: 6 December 2018, Thursday, 10 PM – 12 AM, 2 Hours

No. of Hours of Activities: 6 Hours

Total Hours including Check-In & Out: 8 Hours

Camp Chief: Mohammad Ali Ashraaf

Project Manager: Yu Ling and Nithiya

What is the programme about?

  • The programme is mainly about the community celebrating Christmas with those invited families that do not have a good income by the Senior Social Worker, Juanna Sia, Event Organisers, Daniel Herwan, the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan who is the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport MP for Sembawang GRC and also Care Corner Singapore Ltd CEO, Mr Yap Poh Keng. Hence, giving them some toys and prizes to bring back home at the same time foods and drinks to eat.

At 1 pm to 4 pm, I had check-in together with packing logistics and transporting logistics to the venue. Their venue where activities, ceremony, foods and drinks are at Blk 720A(Link House) & Hard Court, Woodlands Ave 6, Singapore 730720. Along with me, other than Ali, Yu Ling and Nithiya, there are also others participating in this programme who are Elaine, Vincy, Jenny, Nadirah, Nisa, Rafiqi and Sahri. Each of us has certain roles to contribute to this programme. There are a total of 5 stations for invited families to participate in the activities to earn prizes. The 5 stations are Blessing 5 who will be conducted by me, Ping The Pong who will be conducted by Jenny, Archery Combat who will be conducted by Nisa, Minefield who will be conducted by Nadirah and lastly, Beat The Goalie who will be conducted by Sahri. Whereas Nithiya, Yu Ling and Elaine will be walking around to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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At 4 pm to 5 pm,  is where we set up our logistics at the venue. Discussion of placing,  how it will be conducted and how will the participant be placed at is being considered in that period of time.

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At 5 pm, Registration of Beneficiaries and Sponsors will start to arrive to the carnival activities.  There will be around 200 pax. So between 5 pm to 6.45 pm,  they will try out the carnival activities. When they participates in the activities, they will receive a prize each.

At 6.45 pm to 7 pm,  all the guests will be seated and also most importantly, the arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, Minister of Transport, Cluster Director,  CEO of CAMP Challenge and BOD. They are all the VIPs

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At 7.05 pm,  welcome address will be by Care Corner Singapore Ltd CEO, Mr Yap Poh Keng.

At 7.10 pm, it will be the launch of Community Fridge by the Guest-of-Honour. Mr Khaw Boon Wan will unveil the cloth and the sign on the plaque,  together with the representative from RC Zone “E”, Care Corner Singapore Ltd,  Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd.

At 7.20 pm,  presentation of Appreciation Plagues to Sponsors by the Guest-of-Honour.

At 7.35 pm will be dinner

At 7.45 pm will be Guest-of-Honour to tour the Community Fridge at block 718 and Departure of Guest-of-Honour.

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At 8 pm,  it will be the First Blessing Draw which is also known as Lucky Draw. It will be the bottom 30 prizes. The reason why is it blessing and not lucky is because they do not believe in luck.

At 8.20 pm will be the Magician Performance.

At 8.50 pm will be the Second Blessing Draw

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At 9 pm,  will be the closing and reformation of Blessing Draw. The closing song that WJLL be played where everyone will sing together is called ” Feliz Navidad.”

At 9 pm to 11 pm will be debrief for the whole programme, packing of logistics and bringing it back to CAMP Challenge to unpack logistics.

What I’ve saw and learnt?

I’ve saw that those that were invited,  some are there are not from a well known family.  Which also bring across that this whole event is about Christmas.  And all those prizes that have been given out during the day,  be it the participantioj of activities or blessing draw. But I saw that they are happy to receive those gifts.  Because they cherish the things they receive.  Even if not useful,  they will give it to their relatives or siblings or family. But either way, it’s hard to see throughtout our daily life. And I’m honoured to be in this event,  to help out and conduct the activities.

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.