Last Sunday morning, 1st July which is also Youth Day, I was together with some of the volunteers from Tampines West Community Centre Youth Executive Committee (TWCC YEC) Mentoring Programme (in white) and staffs from Nestle (in blue) to bring 19 students from the programme for an outing to Snow City and Science Centre! It was a very fun and enriching day for me as I had a great time with the students who are aged 7 to 16 and enjoyed doing our little part to put a smile on the faces of the youths.
If you’re wondering why are we doing this, it is because the father of one of the mentors, Jeremy Chua, 18 (pictured with maroon t-shirt, to my right) submitted a wish to the Nestle 100 Wishes Project and it was selected as one of the 100 wishes to be granted by Nestle for being so meaningful. These youths may not have a chance to visit countries with snow and they thought, wouldn’t it be great for them to experience snow at least once in their life and so we brought them to Snow City and a trip to Science Center followed by a treat to McDonald’s.
After an hour at Snow City, we distributed Nestle goodie bags for the youths that were filled with Nestle goodies.
Some of them are so cute and nice and I interacted with them by asking if they had fun at Snow City while giving out the goodie bags to them. Some of them simply smiled back while some were really excited to receive it. I can sense some of them are more reserved while some are really here to have lots of fun. Nevertheless, the smile on their face when they were sipping on a packet of Milo while munching on a Kit Kat was priceless.
After they got their goodie bags, we went on to Science Centre for another hour of fun for the youths. They were divided into groups and led by a mentor to bring them around to various exhibits for an edutaining good time.
We caught the spine-chilling tesla show that happens at different time intervals at the Science Centre.
Our morning concluded at McDonald’s when it was about lunch time for the youths. I came out earlier to prepare the Happy Meal, apple pies and Milo on the table to give out as the youths will be coming out from Science Centre soon. Those cute Madagascar happy meal boxes sure invoked my childhood memories. I mean, how many kids these days still orders a happy meal?
It’s lunch time! The younger youths rushed excitedly to grab their Happy Meal boxes, apple pies and Milo before boarding the bus returning to Tampines West community centre.
At the end of the program, Jeremy told me about how he felt this morning after seeing his wish being granted. He felt that although it may be just a simple outing but for the children, they really enjoyed it a lot and happiness can be seen in their eyes. With that, he felt really glad and surprised that his wish was granted and would specially love to thank Nestle for making this possible for him and the youths.
Although it was a short morning spent with the youths, I can feel how happy they are to be brought out to place like Snow City and Science Centre for an exclusive experience. The happiness and joy they felt were beyond words to describe. Thinking of it only make me realize how lucky I am and I just like to spread the positive vibes among them so they will be a successful person to benefit others when they grow up and not thinking of how underprivileged they are.
You can get your wish granted by Nestle too by entering the website of Nestle 100 Wishes Project. Some other wishes have been fulfilled till date and who knows, your wish may just be next when you make your wishes today!
The Tampines West Community Centre Youth Executive Committee (TWCC YEC) Mentoring Programme reaches out to “needy” students who come from low-income families and/or lack of proper guidance at home. The programme provides a social support structure for these students where school counsellors and teachers are engaged to nominate such students to join in the programme and also aid in making the programme more effective. Trained mentors appointed from Temasek Polytechnic guide and develop these young minds for them to gain the right attitude and possibly achieve a good future. The programme is run every Tuesday evening for an hour and a half from 7pm – where the mentors will guide the students in their schoolwork and/or where necessary provide counselling and support for the students.
It’s Giveaway Time!
As Nestle celebrates 100 years in Singapore, they have limited edition memorabilia to giveaway when you purchase their products.
Remember these Milo vans which can be spotted at sporting events? The van is currently available with purchase of MILO 1.4kg tin.
These vintage spoons are available with purchase of NESCAFE 3-in-1 pack too! How nice would it be to compliment a lovely cup of coffee.
Don’t just be engrossed with Nestle’s freebies! They have also launched a NESTLE FITNESS range with a refreshing new look with a total of 5 exciting variants to choose from.
Now, all these 3 items can be yours when you comment below with your Name and tell me which is your favourite NESTLE product & why. As simple as that! Winner will be announced here on 14th June 2012.