Some 21 UOL volunteers spent a delightful afternoon with 51 children from kidsREAD, a programme by the National Library Board (NLB) that promotes early reading for underprivileged children, for a storytelling activity held at the Woodlands Regional Library. Besides reading to them, the volunteers selected books and packed goodie bags with stationery sets sponsored by UOL and books sponsored by NLB, to benefit the kidsREAD children and 70 children from NLB’s WondeRead programme, which provides reading opportunities through free reading materials.
Twenty children from Care Corner Student Care Centre participated in a craft activity at United Square with 13 UOL volunteers, turning discarded flip-flops into their creations and contributing to recycling in the process.
It was a Christmas celebration like no other for some 40 elderly from AWWA Senior Community Home who visited Velocity@Novena Square. Accompanied by 22 UOL volunteers, the elderly had a merry time feasting at Fish & Co and shopping at Cold Storage. In the spirit of giving, UOL also sponsored goodie bags and Cold Storage shopping vouchers for the elderly.
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.