More than 50 children at Pertapis Children’s Home were treated to an early Hari Raya Puasa and Children’s Day celebration on 28 September 2008.

Organised by YSA the visit saw close to 40 volunteers spending time interacting, socialising and entertaining the children. The volunteers put up a Bhangra performance, as well as organised and joined the children in games.

Following these activities, the volunteers joined the children in the Iftar and served dinner to the children. They also presented gifts to the children to celebrate Children’s Day. At the same time, the Association donated foodstuff and other basic necessities to the Home for Hari Raya Puasa.

The visit and activities at the Home were aimed at bringing joy and entertainment to the children, with Hari Raya Puasa and Children Day’s just three days away. The project was also geared at providing the opportunity for young Singaporeans to participate in meaningful service in aid of the less fortunate and less privileged and, in doing so, experience a sense of civic engagement and social responsibility.

Mr Hernaikh Singh, President of the Association, stated that, “Such an opportunity is important for both the youths and the children. For the former, it is the chance to understand and appreciate the needs of the less privileged amongst us. For the latter, it is to show that there are people, other than their loved ones, who care for them.”

Ms Norazimah Ibrahim, a participant, stated that, “We know that it is the FI weekend, but to me, this is more meaningful and rewarding. I knew I had made a difference when I saw the smiles on the children’s faces at the end of the activities.”

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