More Volunteers Helping Out In Charities This Year

24 Dec

SINGAPORE : More Singapreans are coming forward to give their time to help others. Charities across the island are seeing more volunteers helping to organise Christmas celebrations.

Some 1,500 volunteers are out in full force to help organise Christmas celebrations in Singapore's main shopping belt, Orchard Road. That is a 20 per cent increase over the number of volunteers last year.

Peter Sng, chief co-ordinator, Celebrate Christmas in Singapore Committee, said: “We anticipated a growth of visitors coming to Orchard Road, so to pre-empt that growth, we are prepared. So that's why we increase our volunteerism to 1,500 members.”

And over at East Coast Park, some 30 youths sacrificed their Christmas Eve by washing cars.

They aim to collect at least S$1,000 for needy residents at Kaki Bukit, in a project initiated by the South East Community Development Council (CDC).

Daryl Kang, team leader, said: “I find this event kind of meaningful. We actually help out needy families from Sunlove homes, and also we believe that the people who (let us) wash their cars … are happy.”

And the happy customers are more than willing to pay S$10 per car wash.

A driver said: “I think it's excellent. Very good! Yeah, they did a good job.”

And doing a great job in their own way, 11 students from special schools were given a chance to build a two metre high lollipop house at Orchard Hotel. With the help of volunteers, they got to leave their mark on their project.

– CNA/al

Channel News Asia

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