Projects & Activities - Community Year 2014

Idea Jam 2014

RAS, a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) is honoured to be one of the 10 community partners on board the Idea Jam, an all-new initiative that supports youth volunteerism and service learning. The event was organised from 1st " 4th October at the ITE College Central with 10 teams of youths presenting their proposals of helping their respective community partners, to a panel of judges on the final day. Training was provided for the participants so that they could effectively conduct an interview.

A team of four students arrived at our office on 1st October to interview us and find out more about our objectives and challenges. On the final day of the event, the team successfully convince the panel of judges to qualify for seed funding of up to $3,000 to launch a campaign to get people to take care of public restrooms using elements such as a fun Facebook quiz and decals with humorous messages. Their standout ideas also won praises from Guest of Honour, MCCY Parliamentary Secretary Ms Low Yen Ling who expressed her support on a less talked toilet subject in her speech.

ComChest Heartstrings Walk (CHSW) 2014 and Dairy Farm Singapore Group (DFSG) Mega Community Event

RAS participated in both events for the first time in its bid to raise public awareness on the need to better appreciate cleaning attendants. Two of our partners namely Adkel and Nicae Trading & Industrial Supplies were present to attract more visitors to our booth. Adkel showcased its economical bidets fitted with specialized nozzles that spray a jet stream of water with a simple turn of a knob while Nicae provided live demonstrations about its coating technology that would create a thin protective film enabling surfaces of sanitary ware to be cleaned easily.

The DFSG event on 19th July was organised in partnership with North East Community Development Council and the National Environment Agency, to bring together residents from North East district to celebrate a day of eco-sustainability and community bonding. The ComChest Heartstrings Walk 2014 on 3rd August was organised to embrace the spirit of the Care & Share Movement and supports it by garnering even greater participation and involvement from all in the community.

Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes (YFC) 2014

A team called SuperBowls consisting of four passionate Dunman High students displayed their strong commitment to raise funds for RAS to appreciate the unsung heroes - restroom cleaning attendants. In the midst of their busy Continual Assessment period, the students sacrifice some of their revision time to organise a carnival at the United Square shopping mall. SuperBowls cited a quote from Edward Everett Hale, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can". SuperBowls elaborated and said: "Our group greatly believes in this quote and we want to show our outmost appreciation to the cleaners in Singapore. They have always been behind the scenes and have been contributing to our nation's image of a clean and green garden city, yet many a times their efforts have not been recognised. Thus, we would like to thank them and encourage more people to recognise their efforts."

At the launch of the carnival, RAS Honorary Secretary Mr Ho Chee Kit presented grocery vouchers to 34 cleaning attendants working at the United Square. Mr Ho said: “We all know without the hard work put in by our fellow attendants, clean toilets will soon become history. Since they cannot afford to stop working, we too cannot stop acting responsibly and graciously to keep the toilets clean. We wish to highlight the crucial role played by our fellow attendants and urge the public to be considerate and respectful to them. The public can also go the extra mile by making donations to help them cope with rising living costs.” The public can support this noble cause by making a minimum donation of $10 online at SG Gives, a secured charity donation portal and tax deduction is available for all donations.

Singapore World Water Day (WWD)

For the 3rd consecutive year, RAS supported the Singapore WWD which was organised by the PUB at the Marina Barrage on 15th March. Visitors were provided with information about the activities run by the RAS through video presentations and brochures. Our partner Nicae Trading & Industrial Supplies was also present to provide live demonstrations to visitors about its coating technology that would create a thin protective film enabling surfaces of sanitary ware to be cleaned easily.

The WWD is held internationally on 22 March every year as a means of focusing attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources. This year, WWD is celebrated islandwide with over 200 volunteers called "Friends of Water" reaching out to more than 200,000 people islandwide! Island-wide activities were held at five sites at Geylang River, Punggol Waterway, Jurong Lake, Lower Seletar Reservoir with the anchor event at Marina Barrage.

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