SINGAPORE - Ms Marilyn Orit, 39, wore a huge smile on her face as she and 60 other domestic workers took part in a zumba class on Sunday (July 8) morning, jiving and shimmying to the latest dance hits.
The Filipina was among some 300 foreign domestic workers who turned up for the inaugural Sports Day for domestic workers, organised by charities Aidha and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Economics (Home).
"I am excited for today, and really want to join the ball games later on," said Ms Orit, who has been working in Singapore for four years.
The Sports Day, which was free for all participants, involved games such as futsal and an obstacle course, and saw all domestic helpers there receiving door gifts from sponsors.
About half of the maids who took part in Sunday's activities are members of Home while the rest came from Aidha, though non-members of either organisation also came to join in the fun.
Aidha chief executive Jacqueline Loh said the event was held at the United World College Campus because the charity has a good working relationship with the school and has conducted lessons there for years.
Representatives from the Myanmar, Philippine and Indonesia embassies also came as guests for the sports day.
Said Ms Loh: "This day is to commemorate International Domestic Workers' Day, so I think that it is wonderful to celebrate that with domestic workers and those who care about them, which include the embassies and organisations like Home and Aidha.
"Also, the theme of the day is 'Coming Together', so it's great to see the energy and enthusiasm from everyone coming together today."
The annual International Domestic Workers' Day falls on June 16.
Another domestic worker who took part in the day's fun was Ms Rara Angriani, who has been working in Singapore for six years.
The Indonesian is part of Aidha and came down with seven other friends, two of whom are not members of the charity. She played futsal, ran an obstacle course, and played a mini-game involving zombies.
"I feel great about today because it is rare to have these types of activities," said Ms Rara, 30.