Following last year’s tremendous turnout, the organisers decided to return to Universal Studios Singapore for a second round of fun and laughter for the fifth edition of Children For Children. More than 1255 students from 66 different primary schools came together to have an enjoyable day at the iconic theme park. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sport was invited to the celebrations.
The theme of “My World, My Adventure” was adopted for this year’s long-awaited event, which aims to encourage children to take on the role of little adventurers, to see the world around them as their world of opportunities and to embrace challenges of the world as adventures. Through this fifth edition of Children For Children, the organisers hoped to inspire the children to see the world around them as theirs and embrace challenges that it presents. The children received gifts that were aligned with the adventure-themed event, such as a sling bag – to pack all necessities when setting off on an adventure, a compass with carabiner to set off in the right direction, flat water bottle to hold water – essential for every adventurer and clappers – to celebrate the little successes along the way.
The first part of their adventure began at the arts & crafts and games section where the children participated in various arts activities based on the theme.
Holding their handiwork proudly in their arms, the children marched to the Pantages Hollywood Theatre to catch the stunning performances put up by the students of CHIJ (Kellock). CFC also allowed students from CHIJ (Kellock) to learn how they could make a difference by creating a positive impact through this experience, better appreciating their lives and empathising with the lives of the underprivileged.
The children could hardly contain their excitement as they proceeded to spend the rest of the day exploring the rides in the park. With the encouragement of their volunteers, who were employees of Resort World Sentosa, the children overcame their fears and enjoyed the rides. This is exactly what this year’s theme embodies, to embrace the challenges they face. By the end of the day, it was safe to say that many conquered their fears.
Children For Children 2012 raised the targeted sum of $300,000 through donations from organisations and individuals.