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.
Mr Alvin Tay, organising chairman of Children For Children said: “The book, Making A Difference, The Children For Children Story, captures the moments and experiences of the CHIJ (Kellock) pupils and children who have benefited from this event since its debut in 2008. Each year, the event highlights different learning themes that the organisers hope to share with the pupils and beneficiaries. All these themes are collated and seamlessly narrated in one book, in the hope that it will inspire more children to contribute their talent and Pme to society and make a difference to another child’s life.”
Organised by The Arts House (managed by The Old Parliament House), The Business Times and CHIJ (Kellock), Children For Children brings more than 1,000 children from financially disadvantaged families to an iconic place in Singapore to celebrate Children’s Day each year. The previous editions were held at the Singapore Flyer (2008), Singapore Zoo (2009), Underwater World Singapore (2010) and Resorts World Sentosa (2011, 2012).
This year’s theme, TransformAction – Changing Tomorrow Today, sees each child taking on the role of Little Space Adventurers. They will travel to planet TansformAct, where they will learn that by being kind to people and the environment each day, they can make tomorrow a be[er place to live in.
Championing this year’s theme are more than 180 pupils from CHIJ (Kellock), who will be conducting craft and games activities and performing a dance and theatre play for their less privileged peers. They also put together 1,500 adventure packs with a personal message wri[en for their friends.
Mrs Clara Lim-Tan, principal of CHIJ (Kellock) shared: “At CHIJ (Kellock), we work towards providing a holistic education for each pupil. CollaboraPons with industry partners and the community have opened up exciPng possibiliPes for us to design authentic and powerful learning experiences for all our pupils that go beyond the academics. In this way, learning becomes
more meaningful and relevant as pupils are empowered to ‘join the dots’ and connect ‘knowledge’ with ‘life-skills and values’.
Children For Children continues to be an excellent platiorm for us to do this.”
Children For Children 2013 raised a total of $300,000 for two children charities in Singapore, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (ST SPMF). The proceeds will be used to fund the outing for the children, with the balance shared equally between BT BAF and ST SPMF.
Mr Colin Goh, chief execuPve officer of The Old Parliament House adds, “Children For Children has grown over the years and it has garnered the support of many schools, corporations and organisations. Children For Children has become a signature annual children charity event that makes Children’s Day celebrations ever more meaningful as it enriches our children’s lives
and engages the wider community.”
One of the strongest supporters of Children For Children is Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). This is the third year that RWS has partnered with the organisers.
Mr Goh Chye Boon, executive vice president of RWS said: “Children for Children is a cause close to our hearts and we are delighted to be part of it. Bringing joy to our guests is what we do best and we hope the children will remember this day spent with us. We wish all children a Happy Children’s Day.”
This year’s top corporate sponsors include Atlas Sound & Vision Pte Ltd, RWS, Heeton Holdings Ltd, CA Technologies, United Overseas Bank Ltd, Petra Foods Ltd, Starhub Ltd, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd and CWT Ltd.
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