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Giving back to the community is a commitment at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). Hence, students and staff are encouraged to initiate campaigns, projects and fundraisers to benefit others. Through these efforts, we aim to nurture a big-hearted spirit and a desire to serve beyond self.
Our students also worked with community partners to benefit society.
A group of Mass Communication students organised the
Light Up A Life campaign for the Bone Marrow Donor Programme to raise awareness of blood diseases and bone marrow donation. The event attracted a huge turnout, with 568 staff and students eventually signing up to be bone marrow donors.
Another group of Advertising & Public Relations students worked with the Singapore Cancer Society to start an anti-smoking campaign,
Drop It For Life, which addressed the rising problem of social smoking. Focusing on how kicking the habit allows for more freedom and time to pick up other beneficial activities, the event also provided a platform for youths to make a smoke-free pledge. The campaign achieved a $2 million public relations value in print and online news media publicity, a 400 times return on the investment by the Singapore Cancer Society.
A total of 94 staff and students from the School of InfoComm Technology (ICT) pledged 765 hours of community service through food canvassing, collection and packing for Food from the Heart during the ICT Day in November 2015. The food collected was for distribution to needy families.
In collaboration with HealthServe, 39 Health Sciences (Nursing) (HSN) and 25 Optometry (OPT) students provided health and eye screening for 290 migrant workers.
To mark World Sight Day, a group of OPT students gave 270 underprivileged senior citizens free eye screenings. Spectacles were also prescribed and provided for free to those in need, and referrals were given to those with more serious eye and vision problems. The screenings were coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight, a non-profit organisation.
Our staff and students led meaningful campaigns to raise funds for the needy. The following are some examples:
About 800 students from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology approached over 45,000 strangers to smile for a photograph, as part of a campaign to raise funds for two charities – the St. John’s Home for Elderly Persons and Xin Yuan Community Care – in conjunction with SG50 celebrations. Each smile received $1 and donations were also collected from NP’s industry partners like pharmaceutical and biotech firm Lonza. The school raised a total of $80,600.
Organised by NP’s Student Development and Alumni Relations Office, the annual Arts Fiesta features some of the best performing groups in a seven-week series of evening concerts and showcases. Besides promoting arts awareness, it aims to engage the NP community to give back to society. Arts Fiesta 2015 raised more than $100,000 for the NP Student Aid Fund.
Under the umbrella of NP ComServe, an NP initiative to promote volunteerism, our staff participated in several activities to give back to the community. During the year in review, our staff contributed more than 5,700 man-hours of volunteer work. Here are some highlights of ComServe activities:
To raise awareness of the less privileged in the community and allow NP staff and students to give back to society, NP’s ComServe committee organised the Fast-A-Meal Campaign, which was held on campus in May 2015. Students from the School of Design & Environment designed and built a Hunger Tunnel, showcasing posters and video clips on the plight of the needy. The tunnel was constructed from cardboard to reflect how some elderly make ends meet by collecting and selling cardboard for recycling. A total of $44,000 was raised and channelled towards the NP Student Aid Fund and Touch Community Services.
More than 1,000 NP students and staff took part in the annual community event, Walk for Rice, and chalked up a total of 3,642.36 km. The distance covered was converted into corporate donations of 36,424 bowls of rice for needy families in the South East District.
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) initiated a series of community service projects from April to September 2015, as part of IS’s 50 Hours of Happiness campaign. A total of 115 IS staff, divided into 10 groups, with each group devoting five hours of their time, took part in 10 different activities ranging from a scavenger hunt at East Coast Park with disadvantaged children and their families from Beyond Social Services to a movie outing with students from Students Care Service.
The Electrical Engineering Division organised a fun-filled afternoon for 60 seniors from the Lion Befrienders Ghim Moh activity centre. Besides playing games, the staff also had the opportunity to interact with the elderly.
Staff from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT) took the residents from St. John’s Home for the Elderly Persons on a heritage tour around Singapore. The seniors were also treated to a lunch reception as well as dance and music performances put up by LSCT.
Forty-eight staff from the Estates Development and Estates Management departments volunteered at Foodbank Singapore, where they sorted donated food items and packed them into boxes to be delivered to the needy.