December 2016
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Dear <<First Name>>,
2016 has been an incredibly fruitful year for Heartware Network. In this December Issue of Heartware Heartbeat, we take a walk down memory lane to bring us back to some of the best moments of 2016.
Click for a look back in time at the best Heartware moments of 2016

Support Our Pioneers 2016


Support our Pioneers (SOP) programme first started as a collaborative project with St Hilda’s Community Services at Mountbatten. Back in 2014 and 2015, the SOP volunteers immersed themselves in forging bonds with the elderly through simple events like game fairs or craft-making sessions held in a common room.

In 2016, the volunteers were able to deepen their interactions with the elderly. No longer gathering in common rooms, save for the occasional HDB void deck encounters, the volunteers crossed the threshold to enter the elderly’s humble abodes that brimmed with trinkets detailing life stories. In these intimate spaces where the volunteers learnt so much from the older generation, they too celebrated happy occasions such as Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day, and Christmas.

"If I could pick a memorable moment in SOP, it would be my first meeting with Mrs Zhong. She is an amicable person with a warm personality. Despite her old age, she maintains an active lifestyle, with her schedule packed all year round. Her fair share of grievances and losses did not stop her from looking forward with a smile on her face. It taught me to always wear a smile no matter what lies ahead of me."
Liow De Jun, Victoria Junior College 
SOP Volunteer for 2015 & 2016
And the stories continue in SOP 2017. Interested to collaborate with Support our Pioneers, be it volunteering your time to connect or helping out in recognising the elderly who need help? Email in to

Tuition Programme 2016


Our Tuition Programme - a student initiative reaching out to children whose parents are incarcerated or come from low income families - has ended its 8th year running! The programme saw a huge leap in its beneficiary pool, growing from 14 partnering schools in 2015 to 26 in 2016. In response to this encouraging expansion, more than 80 tutors from various institutions and workplaces chose to spend their year meaningfully by travelling and holding weekly coaching sessions at primary schools across Singapore. For fronting such noteworthy dedication, their efforts have brought on mentions of Heartware Network at school’s Speech Day celebrations, to which we have been cordially invited.

Come the end of this year-long run, here are some words from our tutors:

Tuition Programme looks to playing a vital role in supporting primary school students who need additional mentoring but cannot afford them. To collaborate with us by supplying volunteer tutors or identifying students in need, kindly drop us as email at

National Day Parade 2016


The National Day Parade (NDP) 2016 marked a significant chapter for Singapore as the nation makes her first footfall past SG50. Hurtling towards SG100, the parade was aptly themed ‘Building our Singapore of Tomorrow’, where our visions are placed at the forefront of performances. National events like NDP present fantastic opportunities for our volunteers to grow, with different leadership roles available for volunteers to challenge themselves with. Yet regardless of position, every single volunteer played a crucial role in efficiently moving masses of spectators that reached hundreds of thousands. It was no easy feat but our 677-strong volunteer contingent overcame all odds with united hearts, with many stories of growth to take away.

Interested to contribute as a volunteer? Together with colleagues, friends, and families, find out how you can be part of the Heartware Network NDP family by emailing

HW-CCE Leadership Programme 2016


As the chapter of HW-CCE Leadership Programme 2016 draws to a nostalgic close for this year, one word inevitably surfaces to mind: Growth. It summarizes the rich process of the students’ journeys, a metamorphosis from young pupae to colourful butterflies.

At the start when 19 fresh-faced students from Fuchun Secondary School first gathered, they knew little of what to expect. Through thought-provoking trials that pushed for self-discovery and development, they eventually demonstrated their own variants of leadership.The process was markedly challenging, shaping the students them into better versions of themselves.

The journey has only just begun. Look forward to these students taking on greater responsibilities as they start on a community engagement project early next year with the guidance of Heartware Network's trainers.

'We Love Our Teachers' Project 2016


Heartware Network’s “We Love Our Teachers Project” is an annual dedication to honor the hard work of teachers, and provides an opportunity for the students to express their gratitude in a novel way. Aptly dubbed the “Apple of my Eye” project, teachers were graciously presented with beautifully-wrapped apples - a gesture that is simple yet loving. Check out the simple yet arduous process below.
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