Cleanup by youth

Knee-deep in mud and filth, 400 students from the University of Singapore (the predecessor to the current National University of Singapore) spent their Sunday cleaning up a drain in Geylang Serai on July 20, 1975. With picks, shovels and buckets in hand, the seniors and freshmen - both men and women - braved the dirt and stench for this community project.

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• Your contribution could be featured in the National Museum of Singapore's exhibition, Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s To The Present, presented in collaboration with The Straits Times. The exhibition will be held at the National Museum's Stamford Gallery from August 2020 to February 2021.

• Home, Truly will explore moments and experiences in Singapore's history that express the identity and collective memory of Singaporeans. Featuring archival photographs, artefacts and digital interactives, the exhibition aims to encourage reflection and conversation on what it means to be Singaporean.

• Share your stories and photos with us on Photonico: Submissions close on March 1. Selected responses stand to win prizes such as a Shangri-La staycation, photography masterclasses by The Straits Times and behind-the-scenes experiences in the ST newsroom.

 The Straits Times' collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore in Home, Truly is part of its 175th anniversary contribution to the community.

Home, Truly is also supported by Singapore Press Holdings and Photonico, its online Asian-centric photography marketplace.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline 'Clean-up by youth'. Subscribe