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Students promote spirit of volunteerism through "Kampung" day

05 February 2013

CSC student Ang Mei Gui (right) sharing a light moment with Mr William Koh, a beneficiary from TOUCH Community Services

Liu Jie Er (centre) and the organising committee teaching the audience the CSC Day Dance "If only I have a million dollars"

Photos: Madeline Koo
The "Kampung" (village in Malay) spirit was evident at this year's NUS Students' Community Service Club (CSC) Day, when volunteers and beneficiaries converged on the Central Forum at NUS to have a day of fun and laughter.

A total of 140 volunteers, together with 99 beneficiaries from the elderly, children, intellectually disabled and youth sectors under CSC's Regular Volunteering Programmes, celebrated the event on 26 January.

The informal atmosphere revolving around the theme of "Once Upon A Kampung" was based on a story where the Village Head lost his money and the participants have to work together as a team through the station game quests to find back the lost coins. Through the convivial and entertaining activities, the organising committee hoped to promote the olden-day community spirit of unity and cohesiveness among the beneficiaries and volunteers.

Besides providing an emotional bond that the elderly can relate to, the Kampung theme also indirectly educated the young and the disabled on Singapore's history and how the island nation has transformed over the years through harmonious communality and hard work.

CSC Day seeks to be a vital stepping stone for the NUS student population to learn more about volunteering through interactions with different types of beneficiaries, thus spurring new volunteers to join, as well as encouraging existing participants to rediscover their purpose by taking them back to the basics of connecting with beneficiaries.

Two volunteers, Chia Ying Cong (Year 4, Faculty of Engineering) and Tay Yinmin (Year 3, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), said that one of the key highlights of this event was the opportunity to meet diverse beneficiaries from various walks of life. The open social setting allowed both sides to better communicate as well as understand each other's perspectives.

The CSC Day also made some realise their ability to do their part for society, regardless of their background or past. Muhd Nor Fadzly, a youth beneficiary from Students Care Service (Clementi Centre) who was helping the elderly for the first time, felt happy seeing them enjoy themselves. This experience inspired him to commit to volunteering on a regular basis. Taking on the role of station masters not only instilled volunteerism in participating youths, but also rewarded them with a sense of achievement and of being meaningful contributors in the community.