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
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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.
Check out what our tutors had to say:
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National Day Parade 2016
JANUARY – AUGUST
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.
HW-CCE Leadership Programme 2016
JULY – NOVEMBER
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
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
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!