80 children in Marsiling get some Christmas cheer during special party

Nanyang Girls' High School teacher Ms Angeline Seet (in white) reads to Habibi Samuel Akam (in green), and her sister Nadia Kosi Akam (in blue) near the Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nanyang Girls' High School teacher Ms Angeline Seet (in white) reads to Habibi Samuel Akam (in green), and her sister Nadia Kosi Akam (in blue) near the Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nanyang Girls' High School teacher Ms Serene Sng (left) reads to one of the low-income children as they lie on picnic mattresses near the Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nanyang Girls' High School teacher Ms Serene Sng (left) reads to one of the low-income children as they lie on picnic mattresses near the Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nanyang Girls' High School teacher Ms Gloria Teng (extreme right) reads to one of the low-income children near the Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nanyang Girls' High School teacher Ms Gloria Teng (extreme right) reads to one of the low-income children near the Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nadia Adriana playing with her new football at Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling) on Dec 27, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nadia Adriana playing with her new football at Sunlove Senior Activity Center (Marsiling) on Dec 27, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nadia Adriana (left) with her new football as her New Year wish. Nanyang Girls' High School's teacher Ms Nur Hanim Mohamed (in white) watches by the side. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nadia Adriana (left) with her new football as her New Year wish. Nanyang Girls' High School's teacher Ms Nur Hanim Mohamed (in white) watches by the side. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nadia Adriana (in black) receives her gift of a brand new football as her New Year wish, from Nanyang Girls' High School's senior head for student development Mrs Chua Mei Hong (in white). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nadia Adriana (in black) receives her gift of a brand new football as her New Year wish, from Nanyang Girls' High School's senior head for student development Mrs Chua Mei Hong (in white). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Primary Six pupil Nadia Adriana loves football. The 12-year-old's favourite team is Brazil and she adores Neymar, the 22-year-old captain of her favourite team. But she never had own soccer ball until yesterday, when she got a new one at a Christmas party. "I'm so happy," she said.

Her five-year-old brother Adrian Irfan also received a toy car as a present.

They were among some 80 children living in two HDB rental blocks at Marsiling who received gifts at a party organised by the North West Community Development Council (CDC) yesterday. The CDC roped in 30 volunteers from City Development Limited (CDL) and staff at the Nanyang Girls' High School for the party, which was held at the Sunlove Senior Activity Centre.

Besides giving out presents, the volunteers also had breakfast with the children, folded paper origami and read books to them.

The CDC has been organising such activities since 2006, said a spokesman.

One of the volunteers was Nanyang Girls' High School English teacher Angeline Seet, in her 30s. Ms Seet brought her own pop-up story books to read to the children at a playground, accompanied by her eight-year-old daughter Evangeline. "I enjoy reading to children and to see them love the books," said Ms Seet on why she volunteered for the party.