The second NUS Day of Service held on 9 September 2017 garnered even greater support from NUS alumni, staff and students. Then NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye rolled up their sleeves and joined volunteers in activities such as tree planting, coastal cleanup, food distribution and spending time with the elderly.
This year, close to 2,000 staff, students and alumni and family members participated in 42 community service projects, which reached out to about 5,000 beneficiaries.
Here are some of the activities and our volunteers in action. For a full list of activities, click here.
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Champion: Ms Michelle Ko, Year 2 Student from NUS Faculty of Science
In collaboration with Healthserve, NUS Faculty of Science students organised and participated in an afternoon of food, games and sports for the migrant workers community.
Champion: Ms Gwendolyn Thong (Arts & Social Sciences ’11), Class Ambassador
The event raised funds in support of BABES (www.babes.org.sg), which provides crisis support for teenage pregnancy. The dinner was accompanied by a concert with performances by Gwendolyn Thong and Freda Lim (Sopranos), Rachel Tang (Pianist) and Clara Tan (Cellist).
Champion: Bachelor of Environmental Studies Alumni, Master of Science (Environmental Management) Alumni and NUS Office of Environmental Sustainability
Recycling bins are often contaminated because of non-recyclable items such as dirty food containers. Volunteers helped spread awareness on the proper use of recycling bins at City Square Mall, Singapore’s first Eco-Mall.
Champion: NUS Faculty of Dentistry
Alumni, staff and students from the Faculty of Dentistry reached out to the cleaning community who help keep the NUS premises well maintained and conducive for learning. The cleaners were offered a free oral health screening, customised dental health education and information on available healthcare services.
Champion: College of Alice & Peter Tan
As part of International Coastal Cleanup 2017, volunteers cleaned up the shores, waterways and mangroves by collecting, categorising, recording and removing trash.
Champion: NUS Office of Housing Services
The NUS Office of Housing Services partnered with Food from the Heart, whose mission is to reach out to the less fortunate and brighten their lives by alleviating hunger through a food distribution programme.
Champion: National University of Singapore Society (NUSS)
The NUSS’ Community Care Sub-Committee, members and staff brought 40 participants from Yong En Care Centre on a groceries shopping trip to Giant Hypermart at Suntec City Shopping Mall.
Champion: University Campus Infrastructure
University Campus Infrastructure partnered with South West Community Development Council to provide, pack and distribute food packs to needy households within the neighborhood.
Champion: Computing Alumni Association
Members of the Association introduced basics of computer science to beneficiaries at the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).
Champion: NUS Red Cross Youth Chapter
Volunteers were at various locations across Singapore, where they interacted with children, the elderly, and physically- and intellectually-disabled. Activities organised included a performance by NUS Harmonica Orchestra at Lions Befrienders Ang Mo Kio Senior Activity Centre followed by a grocery shopping trip with the elderly, tuition for children from the Prison Fellowship Programme followed by a trip to the S.E.A. Aquarium, and an outing to Singapore Science Centre with beneficiaries from Association for Persons with Special Needs for an omni theatre experience.
Champion: National University of Singapore Students' Union
Participants cleaned litter hotspots in the waterways on kayaks and by wading in the water. They weighed the litter retrieved, and reviewed and discussed what can be done collectively for a healthier planet.
Champion: NUS Business School Alumni Association
NUS Business School Alumni Association, NUS Mandarin Alumni Association and GANO (Global Alumni Network Office) came togther to pack and distribute food packages to the needy families in Toa Payoh.
Champion: NUS Industrial Design Class of 2008
Organised in partnership with the Social Leisure Club of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), the Mid-Autumn Fiesta brought to life the stories and traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival to youths with autism through fun games and engaging hands-on activities.
Champion: Eusoff Hall
Children from Salvation Army Haven (Pasir Panjang) visited Eusoff Hall for a mini sports day event where they were engaged in a variety of sports and games.
Champion: NUS Office of Alumni Relations
Children from low-income and disadvantaged households from NTUC My First Skool (KidSTART Programme) as well as their family enjoyed movie screening of Trolls, followed by lunch and a fun time having their photos taken at the family fun photo booth.
Champion: Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Medical volunteers reached out to residents-in-need living in rental blocks, and reconnected them to the healthcare system through free health screenings and follow-up.
Champion: NUS Alumni Auckland Chapter
Volunteers distributed of cookies, jellies and foodstuffs to disadvantaged communities in Auckland, and bought pizzas for Emergency staff at a children hospital.
Champion: NUS Food Science & Technology Programme Alumni
In conjunction with World First Aid Day, NUS Food Science & Technology Programme Alumni partnered with the Singapore Red Cross to pack and distribute groceries and food packs to 300 beneficiaries in the South West District.
Champion: NUS Alumni Xiamen Chapter
Volunteers participated in this public education campaign to share and inform users on the rules and regulations of bike sharing, including proper parking and storage of bicyles to ensure a comfortable riding experience for all users.
Champion: College of Alice & Peter Tan
Students from the College of Alice & Peter Tan and volunteers worked together to reconstitute used bar soaps from hotels, which were distributed to migrant workers in Singapore.
Champion: NUS Office of Human Resources
Volunteers helped to prepare, cook and distribute meals to beneficiaries including the elderly, the disabled, and low-income families.
Champion: Ridge View Residential College (RVRC)
This activity was held to commemorate the inauguration of RVRC as a member of Friends of Chestnut Nature Park. This 81-ha park is the largest in Singapore and serves as an important green buffer for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Champion: UTown Residence
Children from the West Coast area were invited for an art competition as one of the activities at UTown Residence’s Fruitopia.
Champion: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public of Policy India Alumni Chapter
Alumni visited Goonj, a NGO in New Delhi, and donated clothes, household items and dry rations to help the flood victims in Bihar and Assam in India.
Champion: Tembusu College
Volunteers interacted with clients from IMH through activities such as colouring, arts and craft as well as playing of Lego.
Champion: NUSSU Alumni & NUS Community Service Club alumni
Volunteers interacted with children and youth beneficiaries on guided museum tours at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in NUS.