Youth to inspire Singaporeans to be kinder
Breakfast and tea time just got sweeter as World Change Agents from Blessings in a Bag and volunteers from the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) distribute morning snacks in various parts of Singapore in an ambitious project aptly titled ‘One Week of Awesome’.
From 18th-22nd June, more than 50 volunteers are at Raffles Place, Dhoby Ghaut and Mandarin Gallery, giving out Boncafe coffee, Mr Bean vouchers, Pokka drinks and cupcakes, among other treats.
One Week of Awesome, organized by Blessings in a Bag, a non-profit charity project and supported by the SKM, aims to bring an act of kindness to life each and every day of one week. The activation will be carried out by youth volunteers to inspire their peers to be kinder and more gracious to one another.
“The purpose of this activity is to celebrate the awesome that can be found in the smaller things. Things that we sometimes take for granted. Things that we sometimes miss out on or ignore because we’re too busy getting from Point A to Point B or just plain engrossed with our latest gadgets. We want to celebrate the awesome found in the acts of kindness, whether big or small, either with a simple smile or a warm greeting. We want to show that each of us has the potential to give back to those we meet, greet and interact with throughout our day”, said Ms Emily Teng, founder of Blessings in a Bag. Items, however, will not be given out in ‘free for all’ fashion but will instead involve people making ‘Awesome Pledges’ in a variety of ways.
Blessings in a Bag has rallied the Singapore cycling community with at least 30 cyclists who will cycle from various meeting points and ride towards a needy community in Ang Mo Kio where they will reach out to needy residents under the care of a community outreach programme. The cyclists will give out 100 Mr Bean Soymilk cups to the residents along with other items such as biscuits and snacks. Cyclists will themselves receive cans of Red Bull during their ride on Saturday 23rd June.
On Sunday 24th, One Week of Awesome culminates with treats sponsored by Soghurt at their outlet in Bukit Timah Road. The public is encouraged to bring a donation-in-kind that is listed on the ‘Blessings in a Bag’ Facebook page and they will receive a free cup of sogurt.
“It is very heartening to see that the younger generation are leading the pack and spearheading initiatives to create a more thoughtful and gracious culture amongst Singaporeans. This shows that our youth are passionate about charity work and care about people beyond their circle of friends. The Singapore Kindness Movement is proud to be involved in this meaningful cause” shared Dr William Wan, General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement.