More than 13,000 youth volunteers plan projects to celebrate Singapore's 49th birthday
Published on Jul 5, 2014 3:21 PM
SINGAPORE - In the run-up to Singapore's 49th birthday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean launched on Saturday a campaign that will see more than 13,000 young people volunteer to organise a range of activities for the community.
These volunteers from the People's Association (PA) Youth Movement (PAYM), will be organising some 141 projects during a two-month long movement called 'PAYM Loves Red', which started on Saturday. These include providing home employment through sewing workshops for women from low-income families, to showing gratitude to people in the community such as school cleaners.
"These different activities help to bring Singaporeans together to celebrate National Day... They show us how Singaporeans are united by a shared sense of national identity and pride," said Mr Teo during his speech to kick off the campaign at Sengkang Community Club.
At the event, Mr Teo, who is also adviser to the Pasir Ris-Punggol Grassroots Organisations, flagged off a fleet of 49 cars that will distribute car flags and side mirror covers with the national flag to residents in the constituency.