200 needy kids get chance to try out 'dream jobs'

Elie Nur Aisha Johari (left) and Arun Thirral Amiltham Alarmugill at the KidZania Singapore party. Kids also learnt about managing money at the Maybank-sponsored event.
Elie Nur Aisha Johari (left) and Arun Thirral Amiltham Alarmugill at the KidZania Singapore party. Kids also learnt about managing money at the Maybank-sponsored event.PHOTO: MAYBANK SINGAPORE

More than 200 children supported by The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund tried out "dream jobs" at KidZania Singapore on Thursday.

Maybank sponsored the programme and booked the attraction for an after-hours private party for the underprivileged children.

At the theme park, they tried out jobs such as fireman, baker, flight attendant and bank officer, and also learnt about managing money.

Maybank staff volunteers accompanied the children.

Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, said: "This is a very meaningful experience for our students from low-income families as it inspires them to pursue their dreams and ambitions.

"We are especially grateful to Maybank for their generous donations and for giving our children this opportunity, which will enable them to understand more about the various professions."

Maybank also presented a cheque for $13,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund at the KidZania Singapore event.

This was raised through an online campaign, where public donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by the bank.

It also donated $50 to the fund for every successful Maybank education loan application from July 1 to Oct 31 this year.

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund supports over 14,000 children and youth from low-income families each year.

One of the beneficiaries, featured in Maybank's online campaign, is a 16-year-old student identified only as Pearlyn.

Her family of three gets by with just $700 a month, and she has to juggle between school and caring for her family as her mother had suffered a stroke last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline '200 needy kids get chance to try out 'dream jobs''. Print Edition | Subscribe