1,500 underprivileged children enjoy day of fun in Sentosa

Children from voluntary welfare organisation performing songs on the ukulele for their peers at the Beach Station in Sentosa on Sept 5, 2016.
Children from voluntary welfare organisation performing songs on the ukulele for their peers at the Beach Station in Sentosa on Sept 5, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
CJ the "Bubble Girl" (in purple) performs tricks with bubbles for children from voluntary welfare organisation at Beach Station in Sentosa on Sept 5, 2016.
CJ the "Bubble Girl" (in purple) performs tricks with bubbles for children from voluntary welfare organisation at Beach Station in Sentosa on Sept 5, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
CJ the "Bubble Girl" (in purple) performs tricks with bubbles for children from voluntary welfare organisation at Beach Station in Sentosa on Sept 5, 2016.
CJ the "Bubble Girl" (in purple) performs tricks with bubbles for children from voluntary welfare organisation at Beach Station in Sentosa on Sept 5, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - About 250 underprivileged children and their caretakers were treated to a fun-filled show featuring ukelele music and a bubble performance on Monday morning (Sept 5), as part of an excursion to Sentosa.

They were taking part in the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC)'s five-day Sentosa Experience, which will allow a total of nearly 1,500 needy children from 31 voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) to enjoy a day of fun and adventure on the leisure island.

The Sentosa Experience caters to children aged seven to 12, many of whom might not have had the opportunity to visit Sentosa before.

"For me, it's a joy to see them happy and excited to experience Sentosa," said Ms Aryati Hajis, 39, a staff volunteer with SDC, who noted that these children "don't really get to experience what normal kids do because of their background".

"At least for a few hours on the island, they get to forget what they are going through in life," she added.

From Sept 5 to 9, the children from the VWOs will get to spend a day enjoying the very best that Sentosa has to offer, including the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Madame Tussauds Singapore and the iconic Sentosa Merlion.

The event, which is taking place for the sixth time, will also feature six new attractions: KidZania Singapore, MOSH!, K-Live Sentosa, Mambo Beach Club, Stickhouse and Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa .

The week of giving is part of SDC's annual corporate social responsibility initiative, Sentosa Gives, which is expected to benefit close to 3,000 members of the community this year.

"Sentosa Gives is our way of giving back to the community in a tangible way,"said Mr Chan Mun Wei, Divisional Director of Corporate Planning at SDC.

"Together with our island partners, we reach out annually to various beneficiaries with a focus on children, (the) elderly and less privileged families to ensure that our resort island remains accessible to every member of our society to enjoy," he said.