Monday, 9 July 2012

SHINE Youth Festival 2012

One the most happening events on streets that I have ever been involved in, till date. SHINE Youth Festival 2012 : Free up your passion! -  The opening event on 30 June @ Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
If you missed it, no worries - Here's a brief recap. (Can't fully capture the excitement on that day though)
Initiated in 2005, SHINE Youth Festival is a platform for youths between the age of 15 and 35 to indulge in their passion. The initiative celebrates youths’ creativity and dynamism and encourages them to use SHINE Youth Festival as the stage to demonstrate their energy and grow their skills and talents.
Organised by the National Youth Council, it is steered by a committee made up of representatives from youth organisations and executed by a Youth Organising Committee consisting of volunteers.

 The main message for 2012 is for youth to Fire up their passion and work step by step together to go after it and most importantly,  No goal is too big or small.

The interaction with the public were the BEST!

Starting off the parade was the showcase by our dear orchestra. Young Spirit. How apt!
Look at Mr Lion

It been ages since I saw Sharity. (Memories!) Kindness movement in Primary school!
Singapore kindness movement! 

And Ironman.
Street Fighter Chunli.

Jedi !

NUS Comm service club had such meaningful message. Lots of hardwork. Kudos!
Government body CDAC also came -with their boards to show support for families, students and workers.

 All came for the charity walk. Making it even more meaningful is the adding in of our Para-Olympians to flag off the charity walk and also the celebration of Shine.
What I love the most: Is how happy the public was.

Ending off the event was The Dell-Intel Youth concert. And it was fantastic - how could it not be with jayesslee there! Everyone was swaying and singing along to their songs. And of course, to encourage all youths, they ended off with the song " We are the Champions"
 Oh. To encourage our youths, remember to vote for STARS OF SHINE 2012.
 Here's a few of the nominees:

 1. Andy Tay Kah Ping 
A Heart for Others
"It doesn't matter how long it takes, so long as you do not stop."
He organized the Contentious Food Project to educate youths in secondary schools on healthy eating and food wastage. His contribution extends beyond local shores as he led a team to Cambodia where they assisted the Cham Muslim minorities with sanitation, ground levelling and English literacy. 
Andy hopes to inspire more youths to share his views about community service and together build a better and more inclusive world.
Making an Impact
Currently working on two national projects, the first being the National Youth Council's Community Service Marathon, he and his team match volunteers with their preferred causes and organise workshops (such as dialect trainings to equip volunteers with the necessary communication skills). Secondly, Andy is involved in the NDP Youth Planning Committee 2012 to train volunteer ushers for the annual National Day.  

2. Muhammad Sufian Bin Hamri
Passion and Art
A picture paints a thousand words for Sufian, who uses graffiti art to reach out to youths.
Making an Impact
More importantly, he has come to realise that graffiti gives him a voice, to speak up visually and be heard, and he wishes to pass this knowledge on to others through workshops, exhibitions and other platforms.

3. Jonathan Ng Jun Hui
"You've only got one life. If you want to change others, change yourself first.
It was the loss of people close to him - his mother and best friend - that made Jonathan realise the meaning of life. He fell into bad company in secondary school and picked up smoking and drinking. As his mother's battle with cancer took a turn for the worse, he started smoking heavily, thinking that it would help him deal with the stress.
During 2008 at his mother's deathbed, her abiding last words became his motivation to turn over a new leaf. This conviction was made even stronger when his best friend committed suicide in the same week as his mother's death. Dealt with a double blow, Jonathan decided to take stock of his own life and change for the better.
A year later, as he was preparing for his N levels, another tragedy struck him -he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Determined not to lie down when taking a beating, Jonathan not only passed his N levels, he became among the first batch of students to be posted to ITE College East's Community Care and Social Services course.
Making an Impact
Jonathan is also an active health advocate with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) where he encourages smokers to quit smoking and advocates a smoke-free healthy lifestyle. His advice to youths who are trying to quit smoking: "Never give up trying to quit for good! You have but one life. Live it!"

4. Sarethkumar s/o Kunasilan
An Inspiring Mentor
"All youths are like an archaeological site, filled with treasures yet to be discovered themselves."
Making an Impact
Sarethkumar is a SINDA volunteer mentor who guides youths through activities.

5. Choo Pei Ling
Filled with love for both the young and old, Pei Ling was involved in a host of projects related to youth-elderly integration. These include the Ageing is Beautiful fashion show with Council for Third Age, Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and Elderly, Elderly Forum with Council for Third Age.
Making an Impact
With a heart of gold, Pei Ling was involved in the Healthworks@Bukit Purmei project series as a healthcare worker with Radin Mas CC Youth Group to encourage physical activity, Youth-elderly Integration at Changi Board Walk and various health-screening activities for the elderly.
Most recently, she also started volunteering with a children hospice to provide therapy and emotional support to children with life-limiting conditions.

There's more SHINE Events happening. Here's whats upcoming for this month.
For the following months ahead, you can check it out here!

Event: Help at Pets Shelter Activity Venue: SPCA, 31 Mount Vernon road Singapore 368054
Date: 12 July 2012
Time: 8am – 12pm
Volunteers will be helping out at the SPCA shelter with animal husbandry duties.
Volunteers will also be required to undergo a short interview before they are eligible to be selected for this program.

W.A.D Games
Venue: Basketball Association of Singapore
Raffles Institution
Crown Pool @ SCAPE
Date: 14th July 2012
Time: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Contact Person: John Chong
Tel: 64942798
W.A.D! Games is an exciting initiative of W.A.D! Club, a single sporting event conducted at the same time over three different venues, and promises to be a special day in the calendars of many young sportsmen across Singapore.
Staying true to its call for youths to “BE DIFFERENT, STAND OUT!”, W.A.D! Games affords the opportunity for any interested youth be involved in a sporting competition on a national level, despite not having been chosen to train in competitive teams. Such a call is fueled by the W.A.D! Club’s firm belief in the need for all youths to dare to be passionate, and step out of their comfort zones to pursue their individual uniqueness in a constructive manner.
Specifically, we would like to see youths step out in two different ways:
(1) Encouraging development of sporting talents
(2) Encouraging development of talents & Volunteerism

Active Ageing Festival
Venue: Toa Payoh East CC (160 Lorong 6, Toa Payoh)
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 9am – 1pm
Contact Person:/font> Grace Lee

TP Healthcare will be participating in the Active Ageing Carnival organized by Toa Payoh East CC by providing a health screening for the residents of Toa Payoh.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the registration, ushering and assisting health screening participants.

Venue: Joo Chiat Complex,
1 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 420001
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 9am – 1pm
Contact Person:Grace Lee
Every month PERTAPIS extends its hand to ease the lives of the poor and needy; and those in an urgent need of assistance. Popularly known as “”Tabung Amal Jariah”", the PERTAPIS Welfare Trust Fund is a non-residential programme depended upon by many hundreds of recipients each month.
In this year’s Care & Share event, we will be collaborating with Catholic Welfare Services. About 500 elderly, poor destitute and lower income families of different races under PERTAPIS Welfare Trust Fund will be given one month’s supply of household provisions like rice, sugar, sardines, and beverages. The main objective of this event is to bring joy and enhance the quality of life by providing care and assistance to families and individuals in need of support.
We seek volunteers to assist us in the distributions of provisions to the beneficiaries.

H20 Ultimate Dance challenge
Venue: Preliminary Round – SMU Music & Drama Lab (Concourse) / Finals – Orchard Central
Date: Preliminary Round – 14 July 2012 / Finals – 29 July 2012
Time:12.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Contact: Roy Lan
Tel: 6849 6871
The inaugural H-TWO-O Ultimate Dance Challenge is a charity event envisaged to be an annual landmark dance fiesta that dance aficionados can anticipate every year with attractive prizes to be won! The main theme of this event is one with a social end – to engage and empower the youth community through the arts; reinforcing the importance of an active lifestyle. The annual dance event is also one that is organized by students, for students to participate and pit their skills against one another. This year, H-TWO-O has collaborated with SMU Eurhythmix, a Hip Hop Dance Club in SMU, to heighten the profile of the local youth community through dance, and at the same time raise funds for SMU students who are in need of financial support. Registration fees are priced at $10 for the solo category, and $25 for the group category (up to 5 pax), and all proceeds will go to a SMU bursary scheme to aid students in need. For registration information and details of the event, log on to

Venue: JCube Mall
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Contact Person: Hamzah Zulkifli / Ikhwan
Tel: 92431160 /92999475
E-mail: /
With the theme “ASPIRATION!”, Danstravaganza is an ethnic dance festival organized by Variasi Performing Arts (VPA) in conjunction with Variasi Performing Arts’ 11th year Anniversary and Shine’s Youth Festival 2012. The event was held on 30th June 2012 at JCUBE (formerly known as Jurong Entertainment) where local performing arts groups from various community clubs and SYF schools in the vicinity of Southwest CDC put up performance where the choreography, dance formation, costumes and music were produced by the youth themeselves. With the initiatives ‘Explore, Educate & Expose’ (3Es) introduced in the music and dance, various Arts group and Arts activist produced a unique and creative performance while still maintaining the ethnic and traditional elements of Singapore.
This year, Danstravaganza will be brought back with a kick. With the theme Aspirations – celebrating the heritage with the youths, Danstravaganza will be held in the heartland of west part of Singapore, the JCube. In line with the Aspirations theme, Danstravaganza would like to showcase the original works by youth in their own choreography of dance, designs of costumes and props and the presentation of the performances. Special highlights: Longest Batik Painting, henna, heritage display, SYF Performance, Flashmob and many more.

Venue: SADeaf
227 Mountbatten Road Singapore 397998
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Contact Person:Grace Lee
Volunteers will be doing the administration work such as checking the names of participants and collecting the money, preparing for the next video show to be ready

Event: SPCA Flag Day
Venue: TBC
Date: 21 July 2012
Time: 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm, 9am – 5pm
Contact Person: Grace Lee
Volunteers will be helping out with the registration of tins at the various tin collection booths around the island.

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