It may have been close to three months since Olympic champion Joseph Schooling’s historic gold-medal win in Rio, but his parents May and Colin hope his feat will leave a longer, more lasting impact on the children of Singapore by inspiring them to achieve their dreams.
That was the main message the duo reiterated at the Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling concept train launch at Dhoby Ghaut yesterday.
The three-cabin train is a project by SMRT Corporation, The X Collective (a subsidiary of SMRT Commercial) and The Schooling Effect, a movement that aims to inspire and provide opportunities for people to dream.
Addressing the estimated 60-strong crowd at the launch, Mrs Schooling, 60, said: “What we want is for Joseph to inspire kids and to give hope to Singaporeans as well.
“Right now wherever we go, people have been very nice, everybody stops and says, ‘Thank you for bringing up Joseph’ and I say, ‘Well, he did it for Singapore.’ So hopefully this will gel Singapore together and take sports to another level, which I believe we can.”
She also shared her memories of the photos featured in the train cabins.
Those present at yesterday’s event, incuding guest of honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, toured the three sections of the train – the Pledge Cabin, Book Cabin and Exhibition Cabin.
The Pledge Cabin features pledges that were shared online as part of The Schooling Effect’s initiative to encourage people to dare to dream.
The Book Cabin documents Schooling’s journey as captured by photographer Alvin Toh.
The Exhibition Cabin featuresimages of limited prints that are available for sale. Each print is signed and numbered by Mr Toh and Schooling, a student at the University of Texas in Austin. Proceeds from the sale of every first print from each image will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore.
Proceeds of sales from Schooling’s photo book, titled Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling, will also be donated to the foundation.
Speaking to the media after the launch, Mr Colin Schooling said: “(This concept train) is something new ... but I can see the impact and significance — most of us sit on (the train) day in and day out, it’s very visible.
“As Joseph’s father, I pray and hope that it inspires our youngsters and future generation (to realise) that what has been achieved to put us on the world platform is not an impossible dream.”
The concept train will run on the SMRT Circle Line until Dec 8.
The prints and photo book are available for sale at www.penintl.com.