Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) is committed to giving back to the community. Students and staff are therefore 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 staff and students led meaningful campaigns to raise funds for the needy. The following are some examples:
NP’s annual Arts Fiesta this year saw more than 30 activities comprising concerts, competitions and workshops being held. Organised by NP’s Student Development Office, the fiesta raised about $70,000 for the NP Student Aid Fund, which provides top-up grants to eligible Singaporean students to help them defray their educational expenses.
Almost 1,000 staff and students participated in Run for Fund, raising $11,680 for the NP Student Aid Fund.
The ME Carnival was organised in April by Mechanical Engineering Division, in collaboration with Institution of Engineers Singapore, Electrical Engineering Society, and Electronic & Computer Engineering Society, raising $6,830 for Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Besides NP-led efforts, our staff and students also participated in various external fundraising projects such as Causes for Animals’ Flag Day and Flag Day with a Difference organised by Disabled People's Association and Very Special Arts Singapore.
Our students also worked with community partners to benefit society as highlighted in the examples below.
Sixty students from various schools went on a Social Leadership Challenge to Australia and Taiwan. Upon returning, they rolled out 12 Social Action Projects on a broad range of social issues such as active ageing, engaging with youths-at-risk, autism awareness, acceptance towards migrant workers and support for people with mental illnesses. Through these projects, they engaged more than 200 volunteers and impacted about 700 participants.
Mass Communication students from the School of Film & Media Studies organised “The Butterfly Effect” for the Bone Marrow Donor Programme to promote volunteerism to youths. Attended by 140 students, including those from NP, the event garnered 70 new donors through cheek swab collection.
In support of the Public Hygiene Council’s Operation WE Clean Up! 2016, the School of Design & Environment’s Green Group organised a litter-picking activity in the vicinity of Sungei Ulu Pandan on 8 May. The team of 15 students and 2 staff collected about 10kg of waste.
School of Health Sciences (HS) students volunteered to conduct eye and health screening for 680 migrant workers at Mandai Westlife and Westlite Papan Dormitories. In collaboration with Alexandra Health, they also conducted free eye screening for 165 members of the public at Nee Soon GRC. In addition, HS rendered first aid service during the Standard Chartered Marathon 2016.
In partnership with NParks in celebrating Pulau Ubin’s heritage, students from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology’s Landscape Design and Horticulture (LDH) diploma planted 120 fruit trees at a new arboretum on the island. This initiative also saw LDH students undertake landscaping on the island’s Sensory Trail.
Eight student clubs in NP that focus on various aspects of community service rolled out more than 100 activities reaching out to different sectors such as the elderly, youth, children, and the physically challenged. Through these activities, they impacted over 1,000 beneficiaries.
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, more than 900 staff served in various community initiatives, clocking over 6,000 man-hours of service. Over 20 schools/departments conducted more than 30 activities involving some 20 VWOs.
Here are some of the key activities:
NP Bailout, a campaign to encourage staff and students to overcome constraints and commit to community service, was held in May. Over 80 volunteer staff and students took turns to get “locked up” in a large cage resembling a jail cell, getting “freed” only when friends and colleagues pledged their time towards a charitable cause. The event garnered 923 pledges amounting to 4,212 hours of community service.
More than 1,320 participants covered a total distance of 5,531km in Walk for Rice 2016, resulting in 55,313 bowls of rice being donated. This year, mobile apps and trackers were used to increase participation. Visually challenged guides from Dialogue in the Dark, teachers and pupils from Caterpillar’s Cove, and family and friends of NP staff also participated, thereby widening engagement.
A group of staff started “Voices for Community Service” to provide cheer to the elderly via singing. The group organised an outing to NP for the elderly from Lions Befrienders and paid visits to Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. During these events, they held sing-along sessions, provided meals and interacted with the elderly.
Staff from the School of Design & Environment organised a variety of activities to engage disadvantaged children from Sunbeam Friends Club of Singapore Children’s Society. Activities included an outing to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden as well as art and craft and fun science sessions.