On 16th April 2016, Apollo Faculty came together for their annual Faculty CIP entitled “Project RICE”. This year, the Faculty Committee has chosen the Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled and Toa Payoh Care Corner as their beneficiaries. It was the Faculty’s privilege to serve the intellectually disabled and elderly communities respectively. They also hoped that through the event, Apollo students will understand the importance of 饮水思源 (never forget the source from which you drink water) and 积少成多 (the accumulation of small things results in something great).
To spread awareness about the Project, the Faculty Committee and Apollo Civics Tutorial Group Representatives distributed flyers to the Bishan residents on 12th April prior to the collection. On the actual day, visiting door-to-door, the 188 Apollo students covered a total of 89 blocks in Bishan over six hours. Many residents enthusiastically donated their rice for the collection – residents were originally asked to donate just one cup of rice, yet, many went the extra mile by donating up to 20kg of rice! The total amount of rice collected amounted to 2,623kg, which the committee attributed to the immense generosity of the residents.
Assisting residents with the donation of rice. Photo Credit: Lee Yueyu (16S6P)
Thanking a resident for her generosity. Photo Credit: Lee Yueyu (16S6P)
After the collection, the rice was transported back to school where it was repackaged by Faculty Committee members for redistribution. Then, on 20th April, another group of Apollo students interacted with the elderly residents at Toa Payoh Care Corner before distributing the 2.5kg packs of donated rice to each resident. These residents were visibly touched by the gesture. A portion of the collected rice was also distributed to the Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled and the remainder was donated to other CARE corners in Singapore.
Writer Claudia Lee (16A14) mingling with two elderly ladies over a game of bingo. Photo Credit: Apollo Faculty Committee
Chong Hui Xian (15A14), Faculty Head of Apollo, added that the project was “extremely inspiring, and it truly demonstrates how the spirit of generosity and giving still exists in Singapore, which is really heart-warming.” She also hoped that this experience will inspire more Apollo students to initiate and undertake their Service Learning projects.
Written by Claudia Lee Xue Ting and Wong Yang (16A14)