Children's Day came early for some 1,000 primary school pupils as they spent Thursday (Oct 6) taking part in carnival activities at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
Their morning was made sweeter with a visit to the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, made possible by the annual community fundraiser Children for Children (CFC).
Since its launch in 2008, CFC has provided more than 13,000 children from low-income backgrounds with the opportunity to visit iconic attractions in Singapore, including the Singapore Flyer, Singapore Zoo and the now-defunct Underwater World.
This year marked its return to a physical event after two years of virtual activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wong Wei Kong, editor of The Business Times (BT), said it was heartening to see so many children come together physically again.
"To be able to hear and see the fun they had in this outing is a powerful reminder of the importance of us continuing to serve those who are in need," he added.
The event was jointly organised by not-for-profit arts organisation The Rice Company, CHIJ Kellock and BT, with support from RWS, with CFC helping to raise money for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).
This year, donors have raised S$233,000 for the fund, which supports artistically talented children and youth from less-privileged households.
For beneficiaries like Krystal Yap, the fund has given her greater opportunities to hone her dancing skills.
The 17-year-old was one of 10 dancers - all of whom had benefited from BT BAF - who staged a flashmob performance for those in attendance, including Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong.
"Whether it's short showcases, live productions or even just events for a good cause, I've got many chances to perform thanks to the support that the fund's given me. It also provides me with weekly practice sessions, which allows me to spend my free time in a meaningful way," said the Institute of Technical Education College East student.
A spokesperson for RWS said the integrated resort, which celebrates its 10th year of being a part of CFC, "remains committed to giving back and making a positive difference to our local community even during this unprecedented time of exceptional challenges".
"We are pleased to welcome the return of CFC on-site at RWS, bringing cheerful smiles and excitement to the young children and also hosting them at their favourite attraction, Universal Studios Singapore. As we emerge stronger from Covid-19, we look forward to more collaboration opportunities with our community partners to pay it forward," the spokesperson said. THE STRAITS TIMES