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Children's Day treat for BT BAF beneficiaries

Ms Koh with artist Peter Draw and the beneficiaries of the Business Times Budding Artists Fund at Resorts World Sentosa on Saturday.


SOME 200 beneficiaries of the Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) got a special Children's Day treat at Resorts World Sentosa on Saturday, thanks to childcare chain MapleBear Singapore.

MapleBear took the beneficiaries and the schools' pre-schoolers out for a day of amusement and fun with bouncy castles, carnival games such as telematches and a treasure hunt.

There were also drawing and craft activities with Singapore artist Peter Draw, while families were entertained by the stage performances of three to five year olds from MapleBear Preschools as well as young talents from Kids Performing.

Aminah Hussien, head of the Little Arts Academy, a multi-disciplinary arts education centre which provides sustained arts training to the beneficiaries of the BT BAF, said: "The children were fortunate to have the support of MapleBear and were truly excited about this wonderful opportunity to celebrate Children's Day. We are touched by the acts of little children doing good for children."

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This is MapleBear Singapore's first corporate social responsibility outreach to financially disadvantaged families with young children in Singapore. Net proceeds from the event were donated to the BT BAF.

""It is always more blessed to give than to receive," said Patricia Koh, who runs MapleBear Singapore. "We hope to make this an annual event to celebrate Children's Day meaningfully." Ms Koh, known for setting up Pat's Schoolhouse in 1988, has also set aside Oct 1 as a day for her teachers as well as the children, parents and grandparents to give back to the community.

The event was organised by The RICE Company, which manages the BT BAF and supports free arts education for children and youths from financially disadvantaged families at the Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central.

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