Call to Action: For the Children

This afternoon, the sun is absent in the cloudless sky and I’m listening to the this (an original dedicated to his mother, by a remarkable 19-year-old who performed at last night’s ChildAid concert). For today, allow me to indulge in my recount of yesterday’s ChildAid Concert:

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Privileged to have this junior who thought of me when she has a complimentary ticket at hand, I had the opportunity of watching some of the most inspirational performing arts performances I’ve seen in a long time. ChildAid is a charity concert featuring talents under the age of 19. It is in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. The concert was meant as a platform for young talents who have excelled in their field to showcase their talent- be it in singing, playing a musical instrument or dancing.

In our comfortable, cushioned seats with a clear view of the performers, we were no less than impressed by every performance- the finger style guitar showcase, an amazing rendition of Chopin and the adapted choreography from Chicago (the Musical). To watch the talent brought together in a single night, I thought about how the potential of performers might have been stifled by the ‘lack of funds and resource’. For years, I have been inspired by the work of different organisations that invest heavily on the potential of the younger generation- Room to Read believes that “World Change Starts with Educated Children”, Watoto’s Sponsor-A-Child program is exactly about investing in the needs of the young, and when our team boldly created the pre-school reading program with Lakeside Family Services, it was ultimately built on our belief in the potential of children. Last night, this strong conviction was revisited.

If you share this similar conviction, today I invite you to do what you can to support similar movements that provide platforms and resources to the children who could do so, so much with them-

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A little less than 6 months ago, I had volunteered with the Superhero Me Festival-A Celebration of Childhood. Put together by a small team brimming with passion, the costume crafting festival hoped to push Singapore’s children beyond the tuition culture and dream bigger than themselves. The belief remains- that with sufficient accessibility to resources and emotional support, the potential of the young is infinite. From a pilot project of 15 kids from Lengkok Bahru, the efforts became a large scale festival across half a month in June 2015, impacting over 4,000 kids and adults, including groups like Pathlight School, AWWA & MINDS. Recently they have been shortlisted by Our Better World as one of 15 good stories of the year. You can do your part by voting for them from now till the end of the year, and help them win S$10,000, $7,500 or $5,000 in seed funding to jump start our work in 2016. They’re currently in 2nd place and need your votes!

How to Vote:
1. Go to this link:
2. Register (one-time; no personal details will be required)
3. Vote ! You can vote once a day, everyday till 31/12/2015.
4. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram
This is a 100% ground-up, youth-led movement. Be part of creating an opportunity to take Superhero Me forward to more kids – to arm themselves with not just grades, but creative confidence and values that will guide them through these changing times. Singapore can be more than a tuition nation!

 

Thanks for reading to the end and happy (belated) International Volunteer Day.

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