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For the YOung and YOuthful - 11 January 2010
It goes down, and it comes up. Just like playing the yoyo, the sport has its seasons. Playing the yoyo in Singapore was popular in 1997. The hype died down shortly after, only to pick up again, in 2003, when Singapore had its first ever professional “Singapore Yoyo Championships”. The trend started declining soon after but it has picked up momentum again.
Just last year, Singapore played host to the Asia Pacific Yoyo Championships (from 31 October 2008 – 2 November 2008) at Takashimaya Square. The event was organised by Ulu Pandan Community Club Youth Group and Spinworkx. It attracted up to more than 2000 spectators who enjoyed performances by the various youthful players from all over the world.
Capitalising on the revived interest in yoyo, Mr Fong Yoong Kheong, 23, Vice-chairman of the Eunos CC Youth Executive Committee (YEC) initiated a yoyo interest group at his CC.
He thinks an interest group is an effective way for the YEC to reach out to more youths. He also believes that when people are grouped together by interest, it will allow more interaction and for them to bond together.
“I was walking around the neighbourhood, and I noticed bubble tea shops selling yoyos,” Mr Fong recalled. Not only that, he also saw many young children playing the yoyo while walking back home from school. So, his YEC placed banners near schools, recruiting members for the yoyo interest group, hoping for at least 30 participants before launching the group.
Within three weeks, there were already more than 30 members. Mr Fong was pleased with the response, and the group, month-old group, YoSpinz, meets every other Friday.
At each meeting, the members are arranged in smaller groups according to their proficiency levels. The younger players go through training, with the help of the more skilful yoyo players, while they rehearse for upcoming performances. Their last performance was at Eunos International Volunteers Night.
“After a few gatherings, the members know each other better. Nowadays, people do not interact with each other as much as in the past. With this interest group, they get to interact and learn from one other. I also notice a trend that these players don’t stop at yoyo gatherings, but they go online, add each other on Facebook, and form friendships.”
Are you a yoyo fanatic as well? Anyone below the age of 35 can join the YoSpinz. Currently, the youngest member in the group is seven years old! Registration forms are available at Eunos CC or you can download the forms here. For more information, contact Eunos CC at 6448 6971.
Monday, January 11, 2010
11 Jan 2010
SINGAPURALuang masa suntik kegembiraan
Hisham HasimMEREKA bercita-cita menjadi jururawat dan membantu golongan miskin dan memerlukan.
Lantas Amirah Ahmad dan Siti Soleha Borhan, kededuanya 16 tahun, melibatkan diri dalam kegiatan kemasyarakatan untuk mendekatkan diri mereka dengan golongan susah.
Mereka adalah pelajar Sekolah Menengah Telok Kurau dan menganggotai Kelab Kemahiran Khidmat (Service-Learning) Gerakan Belia Persatuan Rakyat (PAYM) - sebuah kegiatan kokorikular yang ditubuhkan di sekolah-sekolah.
'Kami sebagai remaja sering ambil mudah akan kehidupan di sini, tetapi sebenarnya banyak lagi unsur-unsur kehidupan yang belum kami kenali,' kata Amirah, pelajar menengah empat.
Atas kesedaran itu, selama lebih dua jam semalam, beliau bersama 35 pelajar lain mendampingi sekitar 250 hadirin terdiri daripada kanak-kanak dari Rumah Kanak-Kanak Jamiyah, dan para penduduk dan peserta sebuah program sarapan pagi 'Happy Happy Sunday'.
Tujuan mereka ialah menghiburkan golongan susah dalam kawasan GRC Aljunied.
Keseluruhan acara itu dirancang dan dilaksanakan sendiri oleh para pelajar daripada lima sekolah menengah dan pemimpin belia daripada Kelab Kemahiran Khidmat PAYM dan juga cabang belia Kelab Masyarakat Eunos [Eunos CC YEC].
Usaha yang dilakukan ini adalah lanjutan daripada lawatan amal ke Perak dari 10 hingga 14 November lalu bagi mengunjungi sebuah rumah anak-anak yatim di sana.
'Kami membantu menaiktaraf pusat tersebut, seperti mengecat dinding dan membaik pulih bilik belajar kanak-kanak itu. Kami mendapat kepuasan melihat kegembiraan di wajah mereka,' kata Siti Soleha.
Tetamu terhormat acara itu adalah Menteri Negara Kanan Ehwal Luar dan Anggota Parlimen bagi GRC Aljunied, Encik Zainul Abidin Rasheed.