With a special theme of MY New Beginnings, sweeping in the New Year, M.Y Big Sweep started the year with an inter-school collaboration to welcome the new year with the destitute and elderly. Led by 71 student volunteers from Catholic Junior College, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Saint Andrew’s Junior College and Raffles Institution, the youths spring- cleaned 22 homes from Circuit Road and Pipit Road. Beneficiaries were also treated to an afternoon of exciting performances and games over a lunch celebration at CJC.
Apart from receiving new year goodies, beneficiaries were also given goodie bags and granted a “wish” where they could choose to receive a sponsored household item. The sponsored items included bedsheets, rice cooker, standing fan and thermos flasks. It was heartwarming to see wide-spread smiles on the elderly as many friendships were forged with student volunteers.
Metropolitan YMCA would like to thank individual donors, teachers and students from ACJC, SAJC, CJC and RI for their hard work and donations in blessing the community. You’ve made a difference!
Check out the thoughts from our youth volunteers:
“It was a privilege to be able to give back to the community with the help of other passionate individuals who have a heart to serve. The best is yet to be.” -Sandra Mathew, ACJC
“The event was a very meaningful one because it allowed us to bring some joy into the lives of our beneficiaries. It was heartening to see students from various schools come together for a common cause.” -Evan Choo, RI
“Being in this event showed me that simple actions can make people's day..” -Peng You Xuan, SAJC
“Being able to coordinate such an event really gave me a new perspective. Knowing the beneficiaries and being able to understand them really provided me with new ways to think.” -Ivan Tan, SAJC
“It was a heartwarming event and a very enriching experience. Getting to interact with the beneficiaries made this event a lot more fulfilling” -Nicole, CJC
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