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Children and youth in Tiong Bahru collect birthday wishes for Singapore

Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (left) and 11-year-old Nur Syazlin Mahadi from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 73-year-old Madam Zhu Ming Ying, who owns a shop at Tiong Bahru Market, to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a b
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (left) and 11-year-old Nur Syazlin Mahadi from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 73-year-old Madam Zhu Ming Ying, who owns a shop at Tiong Bahru Market, to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner on Sunday, July 28, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (second from right) and 11-year-old Nur Hazelynna Abdullah from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 42-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Chris Mulcairn to write his birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner o
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (second from right) and 11-year-old Nur Hazelynna Abdullah from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 42-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Chris Mulcairn to write his birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner on Sunday, July 28, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (second from left) and children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 45-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Janet Chia (left) to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner on Sunday, July 28,&
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (second from left) and children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 45-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Janet Chia (left) to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner on Sunday, July 28, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (second from left) and children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 45-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Janet Chia (left) to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner on Sunday, July 28, 2013.
Student volunteer Charmaine Goh (second from left) and children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre get 45-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Janet Chia (left) to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner on Sunday, July 28, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee Rajah (centre) poses for photos with children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre and volunteers from Anderson Junior College at the start of the "Youths Give Back! 2013" project on Sunday, July 28, 2013. -- ST
Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee Rajah (centre) poses for photos with children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre and volunteers from Anderson Junior College at the start of the "Youths Give Back! 2013" project on Sunday, July 28, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
(From left) Student volunteers Charmaine Goh and Jaslynn Oei and 11-year-old Nur Hazelynna Abdullah from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre talk to 85-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Xiao Yue He and get her to write her birthday wishes for S
(From left) Student volunteers Charmaine Goh and Jaslynn Oei and 11-year-old Nur Hazelynna Abdullah from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre talk to 85-year-old Tiong Bahru resident Xiao Yue He and get her to write her birthday wishes for Singapore on a banner at Tiong Bahru estate on Sunday, July 28, 2013. More than 200 children and youth volunteers set out early Sunday to collect birthday wishes for the nation and stories about Singapore around the 83-year-old Tiong Bahru estate. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

MORE than 200 children and youth volunteers set out early Sunday to collect birthday wishes for the nation and stories about Singapore around the 83-year-old Tiong Bahru estate.

The "Youths Give Back! 2013" project is spearheaded by The Tiong Bahru Community Centre Youth Executive Committee and is organised in line with the National Day Parade's theme "Many Stories... One Singapore".

Student volunteers from Anderson Junior College fanned out across the estate in groups of 10 with children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre.

The stories they collect from Sunday will be reproduced by the children in writing or in drawing and displayed at void decks and community spaces.

The youth will also take part in the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail which was launched in April this year by the National Heritage Board. It will take them to iconic landmarks such as pre-war flats and old air-raid shelters.