Compassionate and concern for the less privileged and needy is an important tenet of YSA’s philosophy. As such, when approached by Sembawang Sports Club to support its fundraising efforts for Down Syndrome Association Singapore (DSA) for the second successive year, YSA instantly accepted the invitation.

YSA contributed to the 9-a-side football tournament at the Singapore Indian Association on 2 September 2012 in several important ways. Firstly, it helped to solicit for funds from various organisations and individuals for the cause. Secondly, it participated in the event – its Healthy Lifestyle Club nominated two teams for the tournament. Lastly, YSA representatives assisted in the event proper.

A total of 16 teams took part in the half-day tournament, which was followed by a dinner reception for the teams and the children from DSA. During the reception, the children were treated to songs and dance performances, including a bhangra by the Shere Punjab Bhangra troupe. Trophies were also presented to the top four teams, with the champion team being Dreamland which comprised several ex-national football players. Most importantly, the event raised approximately $35,000 for DSA which was presented to its representatives during the reception. It surpassed the target of $30,000.

In addition to helping to raise funds for the DSA, the event also provided opportunity for members of YSA Healthy Lifestyle Club to participate in a sports activity to promote a healthier lifestyle.

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