During the September school holidays, UOL invited 40 children from Care Corner Student Care Centre to its two malls to have a fun-filled afternoon flipping pancakes and climbing obstacles. At United Square, the children created artwork using pancakes, while at Velocity@Novena Square, they conquered a series of obstacles. Nineteen UOL volunteers also engaged the children enthusiastically to make the day enjoyable for them.
Twelve UOL volunteers and 22 children from CARE Singapore participated in United Square’s Come Get Wild With Us event, which was held at the mall’s atrium. The children went through a jungle obstacle course. They learnt about animal species found in South-East Asian rainforests and encountered live exotic animals. The children also got to bring home their dream catcher which they made with the help of the volunteers.
They may only be nine or 10 years old, but 26 children from CARE Singapore already experienced the life of a soldier during their tour of the Army Museum of Singapore. Together with 23 UOL volunteers, the children got to fire specially-rigged rifles at the indoor shooting range and navigate through the scaled-down standard obstacle course. They also had the rare opportunity to visit the SAFTI Military Institute and see some soldiers in training.
Seventeen UOL volunteers spread the Christmas spirit of giving by organising a Western lunch at Jack's Place at United Square for 40 residents from AWWA's Senior Community Home. The volunteers hyped up the atmosphere with their own rendition of Christmas songs. The seniors also went home with a bag full of goodies, all sponsored by UOL staff and packed by volunteers, who wished to bring some festive cheer to them.
Water Wally, the mascot of PUB, is not alone in his mission to protect all water resources and share the message of water conservation. He had 17 UOL volunteers and 30 children from CARE Singapore to embark on an adventure at the NEWater Visitor Centre to discover how NEWater, Singapore’s high-grade reclaimed water, is produced using advanced technology. The children also got to build their own rain gardens to learn how they can improve water quality. It was a fun-filled and enriching visit for the participants.
Through stamps, 11 UOL volunteers and 23 children from CARE Singapore discovered Singapore’s heritage, history and traditional trades when they visited the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They also walked through a monkey-themed stamp exhibit that paid homage to this year’s zodiac animal and an interactive Shakespeare’s world to have a glimpse into the great writer’s life and works. The finale was when the volunteers raced around the museum with the children in an Amazing Race fashion to be the first team to complete the quiz!
Nineteen UOL volunteers accompanied 30 residents from AWWA's Senior Community Home to an urban farm in Bukit Panjang to learn how to grow vegetables at home. The farm is well stocked with herbs and fruit, and it practises vertical farming of microgreens. The participants even got down to potting kang kong which they brought home, so that they could continue to reap and taste the vegetables that they had personally grown.