As GetActive! Singapore kicks off this week with the Singapore National Games (SNG) 2016, 1600 volunteers from Team Nila are getting ready to take on the daunting task to ensure the smooth running of all sporting activities from now till National Day.
1600 volunteers will be helping out at various events and competitions happening during GetActive! Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
Coming from various backgrounds and of different ages, these volunteers will be involved in a host of activities, from the SNG to the Active Enabler programmes, and they will play a crucial role in all GetActive! programming.
“In SNG 2016, Team Nila have a range of volunteering opportunities to choose, ranging from the role of Volunteer photographers to Games Services Officers and even in the field of play as Sport Specialist Volunteers,” said Pauline Lee of Sport Singapore.
“Apart from SNG 2016, Team Nila are taking up roles like GetActive! Ambassadors where they will assist to coordinate the events or projects organised by the Active Enablers and to promote active participation in activities at GetActive! by the bay.”
For example, volunteers will be involved in the Active Enabler program GAME ON
, an event jointly organised by SportCares and Tuas View Dormitory. They will take on roles such as Game Masters where they will facilitate the cultural exchange and mutual learning between locals and foreign workers.
One of the oldest volunteers for GetActive! Singapore , is 75-year-old Yeong Kwai Kok (below right). This SNG, he will be taking on the role of a Games Services Officer for basketball.
Photo: Sport Singapore
He has volunteered numerous times in the past, the most recent being the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games, and sees multiple benefits from the act of volunteering.
“Since I have retired in 2008, I think this is one way to age actively and also to give something back to society. And also to socialise and make more friends, and get myself actively involved in it,” he said.
“Because I have a passion for sport, that is why I am very active in all sports events, especially in running events. Like for the Sundown Marathon where I served for seven years and as well as the Standard Chartered Marathon.”
Wilson Mook, who is volunteering with his family, hopes to be a role model for his kids and other people by volunteering.
“I got my family to volunteer too, to be more responsible. Let them know how to be responsible and active when they are young,” the 43-year-old said.
“During the Games, we will try to set an example to the kids – what is the value of volunteering and helping other people. Let them be educated and get more value out of this event.”