2018 Award Recipients
An Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) project for School of Humanities (SoH) Club students to not only give back, but also develop their capabilities for leadership and community.
In this meaningful project, SoH Club mentored and guided students from Bukit Batok Secondary School (BBSS) in collecting more than 18.6 tonnes of rice (equivalent to the weight of three Africa elephants!) uncooked white rice from households in Bukit Batok and Toh Guan estates, before repacking and delivering them to other residents in need in the vicinity.
NTU Motoring Club was also part of this good cause and provided logistics support.
Project MI 2018 benefitted close to 3,000 families and the team also managed to donate the excess rice to other social service organisations such as Willing Hearts and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society. This was the second year of Project MI – the first was organised by Humanities and Social Sciences Club in 2017.
VOKational Carnival 2018
To inspire and build the confidence of people with special needs to dream big and far, Welfare Services Club Challenge ur Limits (WSC CurL) organised VOKational Carnival 2018. Aside from the usual fun and games, the unique feature of this event was the station games that allowed participants from Special Education schools to explore and learn about different career paths.
VOKational Carnival 2018 also provided the opportunity for students from Mountbatten Vocational School (MVS) to be part of this meaningful event, allowing them the chance to interact with members of the public, improve their communication and social skills and demonstrate what they have learnt in school. Close to 60 MVS students participated as performers and station masters.
In addition, CurL also managed to galvanise 120 other student volunteers from River Valley High School, Singapore Polytechnic and Dunman High in their efforts to further raise awareness about different abilities.
Special Mention Award
USP Club Social Service Project
Focusing on "Empowerment" as the theme for the year, the University Scholars Programme (USP) Club Social Service Project (SSP) sought to embody this value through interactive and education-based initiatives that allowed participants to be active contributing members in the circle of giving.
In line with the theme, the team creatively designed their community projects by encouraging scholars to use their special talents and skills in the programming as well as evolving traditional annual events.
In 2018, the Club has organised five events involving 180 student volunteers and impacting 314 beneficiaries. USP Club is also the only non-community service based student organisation that included a community element in their Freshmen Orientation Programme. In line with tradition, incoming freshmen plan and execute a project for one of the club's beneficiary partners.
2017 Award Recipients
Touch of the Hearts
Touch of the Hearts (TOTs) is a student-led charitable Special Project of Hall of Residence 4. The team is actively involved in organising community service and fundraising projects.
In 2017, TOTs annual flagship fundraising carnival raised over $10,000 for an extension wing at a Special Education school that serves children and young people with a diverse range of moderate to severe developmental needs, including autism, physical, visual and/or hearing disabilities. Over the past two carnival editions, TOTs has fundraised over $30,000 for Rainbow Centre.
Share & Care
For the fourth year running, NTU student volunteers could be seen plying HDB blocks in Boon Lay, distributing grocery packs to underprivileged families to ease their financial burden for the month.
Share & Care was a food distribution programme with a twist. Taking in feedback from previous editions, NTU Motoring Club (NMC) co-organised this effort together with Welfare Services Club (WSC), and lent their expertise in route planning and distribution. 170 families benefitted from this project and close to 250 volunteers were involved in making it a success.
The team also decided to expand the project by organising a one-day carnival fiesta to encourage community participation. Over 140 families visited the carnival and learnt about basic first aid skills and household hacks. There were also game stalls and display booths that promoted eco-friendly messages and healthy lifestyles.
Special Mention Award
Project Meraki was an overseas community project by the United Nations Students Association (UNSA) NTU that placed its focus on helping refugee communities in Malaysia.
The project consisted of two main tasks - namely (1) teach basic conversational English lessons to children from the Chin Catholic and Rohingya Muslim refugee communities; and (2) refurbishment of the Rohingya Refugee Education Centre to provide a vibrant learning environment for the children.
2017 was an inaugural effort by UNSA-NTU Humanitarian Wing and plans are now underway for Project Meraki to be an annual event. UNSA-NTU will continue to work with related organisations and extend their advocacy efforts to include workshops, art installations, and sharing sessions by humanitarian workers who actively work with various refugee communities.
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