Youth Race to Discover the Head, Heart and Soul of Singapore

Singapore, 20 July 2013 – The Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) annual Singapore Challenge, which brings Singaporean and international youth together on a fun-filled race to discover Singapore and the Singaporean community, was made more meaningful this year as students got to pack food hampers for the needy and makeover a public underpass.

Food from the Heart (FFTH), a local non-profit group that brings food to needy communities, worked with the SIF to mobilise close to 1,000 students to pack and deliver food hampers to needy families in Marsiling. The food items were donated by Singapore Challenge participants and SIF staff in separate donation drives.

Social Creatives, a non-profit arts enterprise, teamed up with the SIF to transform through art the Coleman Bridge underpass. These students painted a mural to showcase Singapore’s heritage and history, as part of the Singapore River Underpass Art Installations project. The project will see six underpasses along the Singapore River repainted over the next six months. These murals will be displayed for the next two years, in the lead-up to Singapore’s 50thanniversary in 2015.

Singapore Challenge is curated by the SIF to share Singapore insights with international students as part of its efforts to bridge communities and build understanding. This year’s participants comprised 17 different nationalities and activity station themes uncovered Singapore as a Liveable City, a City in a Garden, Diversity, Renaissance City, Social Innovation and Enterprise and The Water Story. Prizes were awarded for speed and understanding the various themes, and also to teams represented by the most number of nationalities for working hand-in-hand to discover Singapore. Started in 2010, Singapore Challenge is organised in partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic.

Said Mr Cher Thon Jiang, Director, Office for International Students, Nanyang Polytechnic, “Students from the five polytechnics, both Singaporean and international students, enjoy the annual Singapore Challenge for learning about Singapore and the Singapore community, and for broadening their circle of friends. Through this fun-filled race across the island, they get to know their teammates of various nationalities better and strengthen camaraderie within and across polytechnics.”

Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director of the SIF said, “SIF brings world communities together to do good, and what better group to start with than our youth. This year, our international friends racing alongside Singaporeans packed food items for the needy as well as contributed through art to beautifying our city’s underpass."



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