Platform for volunteers to share their experiences at CDAC Volunteers Seminar

Volunteers with chairman of CDAC Volunteers Engagement and Development Committee Baey Yam Keng (centre) and moderator Lam Moy Yin speaking at a plenary session during the CDAC Volunteer Seminar on March 11, 2017.
Volunteers with chairman of CDAC Volunteers Engagement and Development Committee Baey Yam Keng (centre) and moderator Lam Moy Yin speaking at a plenary session during the CDAC Volunteer Seminar on March 11, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CDAC

SINGAPORE - Steven Goh believes he has played a small part in helping Singapore's gymnasts progress in their sporting journay while working with Singapore Gymnastics.

But the 51-year-old is no gymnastics coach or technical director - he is in fact a volunteer photographer with the national sports association.

Speaking at a plenary session during a volunteer seminar organised by CDAC on Saturday, Goh - who retired from the airforce last year - added: "My photos were memories for the gymnasts, and they also learned (how they can improve) from looking at the photos I took of them."

Goh is also a Team Nila volunteer who was involved in the 2015 SEA Games and Asean Para Games, both of which were held in Singapore. He was one of about 180 volunteers present at the seminar, which was supported by Sport Singapore (SportSG).

Also present was CDAC's chairman of Volunteers Engagement and Development Committee, Baey Yam Keng, who believes volunteers from both CDAC and Team Nila will stand to benefit from the sharing sessions at the seminar, which was held at the SportSG auditorium.

"We will learn wherever it is applicable because the nature of our volunteering opportunities may not be exactly the same, but there is always something common that we can share and learn (from one another)," added Baey, who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth.

"From today's sessions, it's the first time some of them are meeting so there is a lot of interaction, but I also see a few who are volunteering for both CDAC and Team Nila.

"This spirit of volunteerism runs across different causes, so I think it is very heartening to see Singaporeans who are so passionate."

Goh Wee Siong, senior director of CDAC's Volunteers Engagement and Development Committee, agreed.

"(Today's seminar) is a platform for all to share and we hope that through this, more people will be inspired to volunteer," added the 56-year-old.