Young Athletes toTake Part in Community Projects During Youth Olympic Games
4 JULY 2010, SINGAPORE – Come August 2010, young athletes from around the world taking part in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games will have the opportunity to be involved in Community Projects, when they participate in the Culture and Education Programme (CEP). The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) is working with the National Youth Council (NYC) and six community partners to deliver the Community Project activities.
One of the seven CEP formats, Community Project activities will promote social responsibility, which is one of the five educational themes of CEP (Please refer to the CEP fact sheet). In addition, they are designed to inspire athletes to contribute and give back to their communities, beyond their extensive participation in sports.
The partnership will see six community organisations, namely the Nanyang Technological University Welfare Services Club (NTUWSC), Asia Ability Training, Beyond Social Services, Mr Bottle’s Kids Party, the National University of Singapore Students’ Union Volunteer Action Committee, and the Whampoa Ceramic Club, coming together to deliver a host of Community Project activities in the Youth Olympic Village. The six activities are clog painting, community drumming, circus arts, balloon sculpting, origami folding, and ceramic tile-making.
Athletes taking part in the Community Project activities will also interact with local community participants such as students from Movement For The Intellectually Disabled Of Singapore (MINDS), and in turn, discover how they can make a difference to others, especially the less privileged.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, announced this partnership today at a community event called Project CurL: Colouring Lives, Painting Futures, organised by NTUWSC.
“The Culture and Education Programme (CEP) is an integral part of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Athletes will get the opportunity to participate in an array of fun educational activities. We are glad to have partners who believe in the value of Community Project as much as we do. By taking part in Community Project, the athletes will see how they can make a difference in the community and the lives of others. We hope this will encourage them to do more in their own communities,’’ said Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer, SYOGOC.
Project CurL is the annual flagship event of NTUWSC. This year, it is organised in celebration of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Other than promoting the spirit of volunteerism, Project CurL encourages the public to look past a person’s physical disabilities or social standing, and to value a person for who they are. This year’s edition of Project CurL will see some 300 volunteers and disadvantaged youths working together to paint and decorate 100 pairs of miniature clogs.
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