Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ready, Get Set, ROW!

12 September 2009

Nope, we're not ROWing for a dragonboat competition. Instead we are ROWing for a good cause.

On a bright Saturday morning, Eunos Youth Club members met at ITE College East (Simei) to volunteer at and support the annual Ramadhan-On-Wheels (ROW) 2009. Organised by the Malay Youth Literary Association or Persatuan Persuratan Pemuda Pemudi Melayu (4PM -read Empat PM), ROW 2009 was held in a different format this year.

While in the past, volunteer drivers would drive their vehicles loaded with food hampers to the needy, this year, volunteer drivers ferry needy families to the hypermart and allow them to do their own shopping. Prior to the event day, the beneficiaries participated in financial awareness talks so that they could develop healthy financial plans.

The Guest-of-Honour was DPM Teo Chee Hean. He was accompanied by Mayor Zainudin Nordin, Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs as well as Mr Harwazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Health.

After the opening ceremony, everyone gathered at the basement carpark as we awaited for the flag-off ceremony.

Besides helping out at the event, non-Muslim volunteers also had a share of experience on fasting together with their Muslim counterparts as well as breaking fast together.

Fong Yoong Kheong,
Vice-Chairman, 13th term Eunos CC YEC

Friday, September 11, 2009

MacRitchie Nature Trail Walk

30 August 2009

TreeTop Walk @ MacRitchie is organised by the Eunos CC YEC, led by Organising Chairman Sear Hock Rong.

The five senses are assaulted upon embarking at MacRitchie Reservoir Venus Drive. Lush greeneries greeted the eyes. Wide patches of resilent grass provided a teaser as to what would come. Following a light limbering exercise, the YEC Nature Trail gang of 30-odd "hikers" embarked on an adventurous treetop walk into the wilderness. Stepping foot into the soft, luscious soil, the heart is calmed instantly by nature's remedies. Greeted by cacophonies of cricket's chirping and sparse light seeping through the thick canopy overhead, the aroma of fresh air and nature's brews or odours assailed the noses. Mother Nature always hold surprises. With each soft footing, the trail proved to be an uphill challenge as hikers soon meet obstacles like steeper steps and uneven terrain. Even with the elderly amongst us, the "hikers" gang were upbeat and determined to embrace the walk. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Looking at the surrounding vegetation, one cannot be pacified by the numerous creepy-crawlies living amongst it. Monkeys (Long-tailed Macaque), pangolins, dragonflies, moths, beetles, Mynas shared the same habitat we tracked. It reminded us, that we, humans are actually a part of this shared nature and larger habitat that we reside in.

It was a well-awarded break when the contingent stop at the Ranger Station, for a breather before looking towards conquering the highlight of the trail. However, no matter how determined the hikers were, Mother Nature was more adamant to trump us. Overhead, dark clouds loom. And what trickle as a drizzle soon blew into a full-blown downpour. As torrents lashed out mercilessly, the YEC was forced to concede that the trail walk would probably end up in abandonment. Even as two YEC members (Toh Wee and myself) made a brief recee amid the downpour, to the entrance of the 250m HSBC Treetop Walk entrance and received the ranger's go-ahead sign, the lashing torrents, steep upslopes and slippery trails proved to be too big a deterrence.

Amid the thinning rain, the hikers retracted their path and headed back to Venus Link. Dampened but not disheartened, the YEC was warmed by the glowing encouragement of the residents who joined the team for the hiking trail. Nature has her wonders, and its these charms that make the forests around us, so interesting, so mysterious, so rich, so...

Khoo Yi Feng,
Training & Development Secretary, 13th term Eunos CC YEC

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Be a President's Marksman!

29 August 2009

YEC members were at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on 29 August 2009 for President's Challenge 2009 - "Bridging Hearts, Connecting Smiles" The Charity Carnival organised by the People's Association Youth Movement. We were honoured to have President SR Nathan graced this event as Guest of Honour. Minister Lim Boon Heng and other Members of Parliament were also present to show their support!

Eunos CC YEC operated a game stall at the Carnival to raise funds for MILK! (Mainly I Love Kids!). At the game stall, members of the public can choose to play 'Bingo' (our all-time popular game at Eunos grassroots activities), 'President's Marksman' (ball throwing game) and 'Rubix Challenge' (solve the rubix cube game). Although YEC members had to work under the hot sun on a Saturday morning, it was heartening to see many people come to the booth to try our games.

The most popular game would probably be 'President's Markman' where participants try to topple all the cans using one ball throw to win themselves a big prize. One student from Siglap Secondary School was lucky to be a 'President's Marksman' and walk away with a DVD player.

"It was even more meaningful for me to do my part in raising funds for the needy, as I was fasting that day and the hot sun made us so thirsty and tired. I was glad we made it!"

Noor Abdillah Bin Ali
Assistant Treasurer, Eunos CC YEC

"Participating in a major event like this gives us the exposure and we can get to know more friends. Importantly, we can do our part in giving back to society."

Diana Chua Jia Ling
Children's Programme Secretary, Eunos CC YEC

There were a few other YECs who operated game stalls. Some sold food and drinks. Some sold products. Some provided live printing, henna drawing and song dedication. It was a perfect opportunity for YEC members to network and catch up with one another. In the evening, our CCC Chairman, Mr Sim Wai Chin BBM also came to lend his support. The Carnival ended at 10.00pm.

It was great to be able to participate in a meaningful event like the President's Challenge and everyone felt a sense of fulfilment when our game stall managed to raise some money for our beneficiary.

Sear Hock Rong,
Chairman, 13th term Eunos CC YEC

Monday, September 7, 2009

Eunos residents celebrate National Day

9 August 2009

Eunos Youths joined in the National Day Celebrations together with residents and students of various schools at the annual National Day Observance Ceremony.

Participating schools included Bedok North Secondary School, Hai Sing Catholic School and Telok Kurau Primary School. Also present were children from the PCF Kindergarten, which held its annual Sports Meet after the ceremony.

Guest-of-Honour, Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and MP for Aljunied GRC, highlighted the importance of racial harmony and unity in this economic downturn and believed that Singaporeans would brave through the storm as we always did. He then led everyone to sing the National Anthem, recite the National Pledge and sing "Stand Up for Singapore!"

After the Ceremony, Mr Zainul also officiated the official opening of the Eunos Harmony Hub Skate Park. Now, Eunos youths have a new place to hang up at :)

Fong Yoong Kheong,
Vice-Chairman, 13th term Eunos CC YEC

Thursday, September 3, 2009

800 danced to celebrate Singapore's 44th National Day

31 July 2009

There are many ways to express your patriotism to the nation for National Day. Eunos chose dance!

In an extraordinary attempt, Eunos CC YEC did something that few would have heard of - a full-fledged dance party in the middle of the heartlands! Painted with rotating colorful lights, highly energetic music and exciting performances, the Eunos Petal Garden was truly a portrait full of life and happiness on the last day of July 2009.

YouthOUT! is an annual dance party event organised by the Eunos CC YEC. It had its roots as a void deck party 4 years ago. Last year, the event was held indoors at Eunos CC MPH. This year marks the first time YouthOUT! is held outdoors and at such a large scale.

YouthOUT! 2009 is spearheaded by the Eunos CC YEC and organised by Eunos Grassroots Organisations, in partnership with Eunos CCC Family Life Champion. For the first time, YouthOUT! is open to the young and old and the family. National Day is for everyone!

Led by Organising Co-Chairmen Sear Hock Rong and Fong Yoong Kheong, preparations for the event dated back to many weeks ago, since the idea was conceived. From late evenings door-to-door tickets sales by YEC members, courting of performers to rock the event down to the ground preparations, it was truly no mean feat. With an 800 strong crowd, stepping up to the night's energetic dances and grooving to the well-spun music, Eunos Petal Garden transformed into a dance floor!

Owing to a spontaneous programme list and flowing drinks, popcorn, chips, crackers, participants were truly entertained by the second. Performers include Hip-Hop dances by The Fizzy Fabulous, F2DM, UDC; Break dance by Cypher Crazed Crew; Beatbox by Bryan, Charles and Flavaone; Percussion band performance by Voodoo; Bhangra dance. Children were entertained by balloon sculpturing by Mr Lightning Finger and the inflatables!

As the party-goers grooved happily to the night's music and encouraged by the feedback from appreciative residents and grassroots leaders, YEC efforts have paid off.

Putting the success behind us and moving on, the YEC has countless people to thank but YEC will draw strength from the favourable responses from residents and party-goers. And organise more exciting activities that will make you yearn for more in the upcoming two years!

Khoo Yi Feng,
Training & Development Secretary, Eunos CC YEC

Youth Leaders voted into 13th term Eunos CC YEC

25 July 2009

116 Eunos CC Youth Club members congregated at the Eunos CC theatrette to cast their votes for their ideal youth leaders for the 13th term Eunos Community Club Youth Executive Committee (YEC) at the 13th YEC Biennial General Meeting (BGM).

To be a Eunos CC Youth Club member, one needs to be a registered PAssion card holder of age between 12 and 35, inclusive.

At the registration counter, Eunos CC Youth Club members received the programme booklets, beautifully designed by the 12th term YEC's Publicity Secretary Mandy Loh. Among other information within the booklets are profiles of the 13th YEC BGM candidates as well as the events and financial reports for the 12th term YEC.

The Guest-of-Honour is our Adviser Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & MP for Aljunied GRC.

The presentation of the Chairman's Report, Secretary's Report and Financial Report followed right after a short video about the 12th term Eunos CC YEC. Chairman Sear Hock Rong then called for the dissolution of the 12th term Eunos CC YEC.

Presiding Chairman, Mr Stephen Chia PBM, who is also Treasurer of Eunos Community Club Management Committee (CCMC), took over the meeting and called for the candidates to make their election speeches. After all had spoken, the casting of votes commenced.

As votes were counted, Emcee Azhar Rashid conducted gameshows "Are you a Movie Junkie?", and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" which kept member entertained.

Click here to view the 13th term Eunos CC YEC members

Hock Rong receives 2009 Stars of SHINE Favourite Nominee Award

1 August 2009

Eunos Youth Club congratulates YEC Chairman Sear Hock Rong for emerging as the Favourite Nominee for the Stars of Shine Award 2009. Hock Rong received the award from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports during the SHINE Festival celebrations.

Over the past few weeks, grassroots leaders and residents of Eunos logged onto the SHINE website to cast their votes in support of Hock Rong, who had volunteered his service to Eunos for the past 4 years.

The Stars of SHINE Favourite Nominee award is an annual award given to outstanding youths who are popularly voted online.

More about Hock Rong:
"Hock Rong first started to participate in community work when he was 14. Since then, he has never given up helping people and doing his part for the community. While pursuing his passion in community work, Hock Rong also took up the challenge of participating in the National Youth Achievement Award. He achieved the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2002 respectively.

When Hock Rong started to volunteer weekly at Meet-the-People Sessions in Eunos Constituency in 2004, he was encouraged by other volunteers to join the Residents’ Committee. He decided to do so and sought to change the mindset that the Residents’ Committee’s activities were only meant for senior citizens.

Since then, Hock Rong has helped to organise many block parties and festive celebrations to encourage social cohesion and racial harmony. Over one year, he and his friends also initiated and organised a monthly recycling programme and free Sunday breakfasts for more than 100 needy residents in the Eunos Constituency.

Hock Rong was elected as the Chairman of Eunos Community Club’s Youth Executive Committee (YEC) in 2007. The YEC successfully organised over 32 activities under his leadership. During the dengue outbreak in the same year, Hock Rong spearheaded a constituency-level project called ‘Fight Dengue Harmony Walk’ to create awareness on dengue prevention, educating more than 1,000 residents on the importance of maintaining a healthy environment.

Today, Hock Rong continues to serve actively in many volunteer and grassroots organisations such as the Eunos Community Club Management Committee, Eunos Civil Defence Executive Committee and Eunos PAP Community Foundation Management Committee.

Hock Rong is grateful for the support given by his family which has enabled him to pursue his passion for community work. He believes that it is important to strike a balance between his work, family and community work.

For his active contribution to the community and for garnering the most number of public votes, Hock Rong is conferred the Stars of SHINE Favourite Nominee 2009."