Minister Grace Fu worked elbow to elbow with 20 youth from SportCares Foundation and Youth Corp Singapore as they scaled fish, washed rice, chopped vegetables, rolled popiah and packed up meals for Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen in Chai Chee this morning.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu, scaling fish with some of the youths from SportCares, who volunteered at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen, where they prepared and packed hot meals for beneficiaries this morning. Photo: SportCares
SportCares organised the work visit to Willing Hearts as part of Global Youth Service Day—an international initiative that has seen millions of youth around the world come together to serve their community in different ways. The volunteer-run Willing Hearts
serves more than 4500 meals a day for the needy in Singapore.
“Anyone can volunteer, no matter your age. Our youths from SportCares and Youth Corps Singapore show how easy it can be. I hope more Singaporeans, especially our youth will embrace volunteerism and develop a stronger sense of responsibility for our fellow citizens. When we care, we make a difference, not just for the beneficiary, but for the giver. That’s how we grow as individuals, and grow closer to the ones we serve. That’s how we can grow as a caring and cohesive community.” said Minister Fu.
It was the third time that SportCares youth have volunteered at Willing Hearts. In late 2014, we delivered rice. This year, we donated $2500 worth of fish to the soup kitchen and we arranged for 50 of the Willing Hearts meal recipients to enjoy some carnival fun at Singapore Sports Hub. Families and senior took part in speedminton and lawn bowling at OCBC Arena.
When the 20 volunteers completed their shift at the soup kitchen, they hustled over to Sports Hub to join their teammates in running activities for the folks from Willing Hearts.
The funds to purchase the fish were raised by the U12 Love Singapore tennis girls last October when they completed a series of team building challenges with their mums. Two mums from Love Singapore, Madam Saloma and Madam Sumarsih, were also volunteering with the youth from the SportCares Saturday Night Lights football programme and the CareRunners programme.
(From left to right) One of the 12 SportCares youth, 18-year-old Abdul Thaslim Haja Najubudeen, who volunteered at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen preparing hot meals for the beneficiaries with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sport Singapore, Mr Lim Teck Yin, and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu.
“The spirit and commitment we are seeing here this morning is exactly what we hoped to see when we first developed our Vision 2030 master plan, Live Better Through Sport,” said Lim Teck Yin, CEO, Sport Singapore. “For the past three years, SportCares has been seeding the roots of a national movement where people from different parts of the community use sport for social good. Through the prosocial sports programme they run with community partners, SportCares encourages social inclusion, personal empowerment and community bridging. It is inspiring to see our youth coming together to do good for society.”
Bravo to our youth who volunteer through SportCares and those who specifically were on duty today: Disilva, Vasan, Ruban, Madam Saloma, Madam Sumarish, Hazmi, Elfian, Rafiqin, Dzul, Aqil, Suhairi, Pravin, Ilhan, Asyraf, Kurniawan, Thaslim, Wayne, Ash, Kelvin, Davinder, Faaiz, Skavin, Chanel, Charlene, Danial A, Zahid, Raden, Natasha, Mark, Antonio, Yugesh, Shahirah, Danial R, Nataliyah, Khairuzzaman, Crystal, Priscilia, Michael and Hadi.