Needy kids get first look at maritime museum

MORE than 1,400 underprivileged children became the first official visitors to the yet-to-be-opened Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) yesterday morning.

The pupils from 73 primary schools were given a tour of the museum - which features a theatre that can simulate typhoons - ahead of its opening next Saturday.

They were also taught to make simple handicrafts such as origami and balloon sculptures by pupil volunteers from CHIJ Kellock primary school.

In the afternoon, they enjoyed theme-park rides at Universal Studios Singapore.

This is the fourth time The Arts House, The Business Times and CHIJ Kellock have jointly organised the Children's Day celebration for youngsters from low-income families, called Children For Children.

Mrs Clara Lim-Tan, principal of CHIJ Kellock, said that because of her school's involvement in the collaboration in the last four years, her pupils see Children's Day not just as another holiday but also an opportunity to do something special and meaningful for children from less privileged backgrounds.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who was the guest of honour, said in his speech that the event was a good platform to instil values, as it encourages pupils to show care and concern for their peers, make friends and learn from one another.

The event was also a fund-raiser for ChildAid, an annual children's charity concert organised by Singapore Press Holdings.

In a statement, Business Times editor Alvin Tay thanked donors for helping to raise the targeted sum of $300,000, a record for Children For Children.

Proceeds from ChildAid will go to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which gives disadvantaged children a chance to excel in the arts, and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which gives needy students money to pay for school-related expenses.

LIN ZHAOWEI