Thursday, September 3, 2009

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."


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