Children for Children 2023: I Can and I Will

Singapore, 6 October 2023 – Children for Children (CFC) 2023 illuminated the eve of Children’s Day as over 700 underserved children revelled in a day of adventure and joy. CFC 2023 took place at the Sapphire Pavilion, Siloso Point, Sentosa on October 5, 2023, and was graced by Mrs. Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information.

Co-organised by TRCL, The Business Times (BT), and CHIJ (Kellock) Primary School, CFC 2023 marked its 15th edition with a celebration of giving back to the community and nurturing young aspirations.

Mount Faber Leisure Group (MFLG), the venue sponsor of CFC 2023’s Pokémon cable car rides from Mount Faber to Sentosa, expressed satisfaction in being a part of this enriching experience. Sentosa also sponsored the venue, Sapphire Pavilion, where the performance by CHIJ (Kellock) Primary School and the following carnival was held. The heart of CFC 2023 beats in alignment with the theme of the performance “I Can and I Will,” reminding everyone that obstacles can be surmounted and dreams can be achieved.

Mrs. Shanthi Suraj Nair, Principal of CHIJ (Kellock) Primary School, highlighted the event’s impact on the children. “Children should be allowed to be children, to play and have fun. For us, it was a gratifying experience to let these children ride on the Pokémon cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa, and letting them be themselves with the performance and the carnival. Letting them enjoy a day in the sun and experiencing the Van Gogh exhibit brought great joy to us as well,” expressed Mrs. Nair.

The day unfolded with the Pokémon cable car ride followed by the performance “I Can and I Will” by CHIJ (Kellock) Primary School pupils at Sapphire Pavilion. Besides engaging activities and games at the carnival, the children had the opportunity to explore the Van Gogh exhibit at Sentosa, immersing themselves in the world of art and creativity.

The fundraising aspect of CFC 2023, benefitting The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), stands as a beacon of hope for underserved children aspiring to excel in the arts. By supporting their artistic growth, BT BAF envisions a future brimming with creativity, self-confidence, and a rich cultural landscape.

BT Deputy Editor, Helmi Yusoff, reflected on the significance of the event in fostering a compassionate and inclusive society. “CFC 2023 showcased the collective power of community, collaboration, and compassion. The engagement and dedication from various sectors underscore the importance of nurturing the potential within each child, regardless of circumstances,” he noted.

As the curtains fall on CFC 2023, the organisers extend their gratitude to the public for their unwavering support. The event’s success, fostered by venue partners MFLG, Sentosa Development Corporation, and Van Gogh exhibition, has paved the way for brighter futures, one child at a time. To date, CFC has raised around $201,500. Donors include Hustle & Bustle, Hong Leong Group Singapore (comprising Hong Leong Foundation, Hong Leong Finance Limited, Hong Leong Asia Limited, City Development Limited, Millennium & Copthorne International Limited), Certis Group, Mr CT Quek, CWT Limited, NTUC Fairprice Foundation, UBS, Mr Arthur Lim, Oilfield Services & Supplies Pte Ltd, Slap Dance Studio.

About Children for Children (CFC):

Children for Children (CFC) is an annual community outreach event that aims to provide under-served children with memorable experiences at popular attractions in Singapore. Organized since 2008, the event also fundraises for BT BAF to support arts training for underprivileged children and youths.

Children for Children 2019

This October, close to 900 children in Singapore will get to enjoy Children’s Day at Resorts World Sentosa and also learn about the milestones of Singapore’s accomplishments in commemoration of 200 years of nation building.

Children for Children (CFC) will see children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds across 36 primary schools celebrate “Our Home, Our Singapore” …

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Children for Children 2018

This October, 1,000 children can look forward to a day of fun hosted by pupils from CHIJ Kellock (Primary), who will also put up an original musical performance.

Children for Children (CFC), jointly organised by CHIJ Kellock, not-for-profit arts organisation and charity The RICE Company Limited, The Business Times and Resorts World Sentosa since 2008, brings children from across more than 50 schools in Singapore to celebrate Children’s Day each year with a special outing to iconic attractions in Singapore.

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Children For Children 2017

More than 700 children will get to role-play different real-world professions in one of Singapore’s largest indoor theme parks as part of Children’s Day celebrations this October.

Called Children for Children (CFC), and co-organised by The Business Times, CHIJ Kellock and The RICE Company Limited, this annual community event sees children from underprivileged backgrounds enjoy a day out at Singapore’s key attractions. For CFC 2017, the children can look forward to an immersive play experience at KidZania Singapore, where they can live out their dream careers – become firefighters, museum curators or even radio presenters, earn wages and decide on how to save or spend their keep.

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Children For Children 2015

CHILDREN’S Day might have fallen on Oct 9 this year, but for the kids taking part in the Children for Children initiative, the real celebration took place on Nov 17. Cylina Wai from Innova Primary School was one of more than 700 children who were eager to experience Universal Studios Singapore, and she couldn’t have been more excited. She said: “I can’t wait to go on all the roller coasters!”

Jointly organised by CHIJ (Kellock), The Business Times, The Rice Company Limited, and Resorts World Sentosa, Children for Children is an annual fund-raising and charity event started in 2008.

Along with the adrenalin-pumping rides at Universal Studios, the outing involved a performance by more than 250 students of CHIJ (Kellock). Head of Department for English at CHIJ (Kellock) Jean Toh said: “Each year, the theme is slightly different. Because this year is SG50, we took deliberate efforts to link it to the history of Singapore.”

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Children For Children 2014

InspirAction: Start, Show and Share Kindness Today, this year’s Children for Children theme encourages each child to be more proactive in being kind. More than 250 CHIJ (Kellock) pupils were involved in making Children’s Day celebration a memorable one for more than 1,000 of their less-privileged peers.

Minister for Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, together with more than 1,000 primary school pupils who are under the Ministry of Education Financial Assistance Scheme, celebrated Children’s Day through a series of craft activities and theatre-dance performance staged by CHIJ (Kellock) pupils in the Pantages Hollywood Theatre inside Universal Studios Singapore®.

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Children For Children 2013

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, Mr Lawrence Wong, launched Singapore’s newest children adventure
book today at the annual Children Day’s celebration and fundraising event, Children For Children.

Amongst the first to receive the book were more than 1,200 pupils under the Ministry of Education’s Financial Assistance Scheme participating in this year’s edition of Children For Children.

Making A Difference, The Children For Children Story tells the tale of two children travelling through time to experience all five adventurous years of Children For Children, exploring themes such as marine and environmental conservation and raising funds to help other children.

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Children For Children 2012

Some 1,300 children from economically disadvantaged families will get to spend the eve of Children’s Day at Universal Studios Singapore® in Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), in this year’s presentation of Children for Children. The annual children’s charity event will also help to raise $300,000 for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF) and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF).

Children for Children is jointly organised by The Arts House (managed by The Old Parliament House Limited), The Business Times and CHIJ (Kellock). This year’s 1,300 participating children will come from over 70 primary schools.

The past four editions of Children for Children had seen more than 4,400 children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds visited some of Singapore’s iconic attractions such as the Singapore Flyer (2008), the Singapore Zoo (2009), Underwater World Singapore (2010) and RWS (2011). Following the success of last year’s Children for Children, RWS will continue to be this year’s venue partner.

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Children For Children 2011

The fourth edition of Children for Children at Resorts World Sentosa promises to be bigger, better and more exci-ng for 1,400 children from low-income families who have accepted the invitation to participate in this annual community event on Children’s Day (7 October, 2011).

With an overwhelming response from 73 out of a total of 173 primary schools in Singapore participating in this year’s Children for Children, this is the largest ever gathering for the event since its incep-on in 2008.

This event, jointly organised by The Arts House, The Business Times and CHIJ (Kellock), is also a fundraiser for ChildAid, an annual children’s charity concert organised by Singapore Press Holdings. Proceeds from ChildAid will benefit The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund(STSPMF).

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Children For Children 2010

A group of sea adventurers sailed out to sea in search of new lands. From Little Explorers, the children participating in the third edition of Children For Children became Sea Explorers as they celebrate Children’s Day at the Underwater World Singapore. It was a record when more than 1,000 pupils from 73 primary schools island wide participated that year. Joining the Sea Explorers at Underwater World Singapore was Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Mr Lui Tuck Yew.

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