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A day of giving by children, for children
CHILDREN'S Day celebrations came a little earlier this year for 1,000 children treated to a jaunt on Thursday to The Maritime Experiential Museum, S.E.A Aquarium and a live musical performance, as part of the Children for Children initiative. Children's Day falls on Oct 5 this year.
Children for Children is an annual fund-raising and charity event jointly organised by The Business Times, CHIJ (Kellock) and The Rice Company Ltd. Since 2008, it has brought more than 10,000 children under the Ministry of Education's financial assistance scheme to various iconic destinations in Singapore such as The Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore to celebrate Children's Day. This year's event was at Resorts World Sentosa.
Funds raised support The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which has provided more than 16,000 financially disadvantaged children and youth with arts training and performing opportunities since 2004.
To mark Children for Children's 10th year, 120 pupils from CHIJ (Kellock) put up an original musical production for the first time, titled Journey To Your Dreams. Through stirring songs, rousing tap dances and graceful gymnastics, they narrated an inspiring tale of seeking out dreams and letting them take flight.
In the lead-up to the event, the performers had struggled to juggle rehearsals and year-end exam preparations, including the national Primary School Leaving Examination, but were keen on making an impact to their peers' lives.
Shuanne Seah, 10, who was part of the musical's choir, said: "We're doing this for a cause, so all the effort is worth it. We want to use our gifts to help others achieve their dreams."
"This journey has taught the girls of CHIJ (Kellock) what it means to use their gifts in the service of others, what it means to be inclusive in their thinking and in their attitude", Principal of CHIJ (Kellock) Magdalene Chin added.
Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee, was guest-of-honour, was presented with a handcrafted sculpture by CHIJ (Kellock) students.
In total, S$337,793 was raised with the support of Tote Board, ERA Realty Network Private Limited, Kenn Foundation, ING Bank, Hong Leong Group Singapore of companies (comprising Hong Leong Foundation, City Developments Limited, Hong Leong Holdings Limited, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, and Hong Leong Finance), CWT Limited, Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited and Singapore Pools, as well as individuals.