SINGAPORE - An ongoing collection drive of old cameras to allow disadvantaged children to own their first set of lens has received more than 120 cameras.
With just slightly more than a month before the collection ends in September, organisers hope to reach the target of 200 cameras. These can be things like video cameras, digital still cameras or cameras with interchangeable lens and can be dropped off at Community Clubs like Marine Parade or Kampong Ubi CC in the Marine Parade area.
The cameras collected will be given to children from less privileged backgrounds, from the Marine Parade GRC and social service centre TOUCH Young Arrows. They will then be invited to participate in various photography outings held later this year.
Started by The People's Association and Marine Parade Cluster, the Donate Your Old Camera drive started in June and has given out cameras to about 100 children at photo events held earlier this month
For the children, most of whom are from low-income families or single-parent families, it could be the first camera they own.
Eight-year-old Jason Wong, who enjoys photography, said buying a brand-new camera is too expensive for his parents. But the donated camera allows him to try his hand at photography without giving his parents extra stress, he said. "I will be sure to take good care of this camera that's given to me," he added.
Those interested in donating their cameras can drop them off at: Marine Parade CC, Kembangan- Chai Chee CC, Geylang Serai CC, Braddell Heights CC, Macpherson CC, Kampong Ubi CC, Joo Chiat CC, Mounbatten CC, Katong CC, Potong Pasir CC and TOUCH Young Arrows Eunos Club.