Kids from Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund get a career headSTart at KidZania

STSPMF beneficiaries Beh Ke Xuan, 10, (left) and Muhammad Aliff Mattin Bin Abdul Salim, 12, (centre) collecting parcels as couriers at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.
STSPMF beneficiaries Beh Ke Xuan, 10, (left) and Muhammad Aliff Mattin Bin Abdul Salim, 12, (centre) collecting parcels as couriers at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
(From left)  Nur Iffah Nabilah bte Mohammed Faizal, 10, Renee Goh, 11, and Beh Ke Xuan, 10, role-play as police officers under the CSI establishment at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.
(From left) Nur Iffah Nabilah bte Mohammed Faizal, 10, Renee Goh, 11, and Beh Ke Xuan, 10, role-play as police officers under the CSI establishment at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
(From left) Aishah Shaaban Hashem Ibrahim Sawalim, 12, Eugenia Chew, 11, and Syifa Nisrina bte Sapian, 11, learn about the differences between alkalinity and acidity at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.
(From left) Aishah Shaaban Hashem Ibrahim Sawalim, 12, Eugenia Chew, 11, and Syifa Nisrina bte Sapian, 11, learn about the differences between alkalinity and acidity at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
STSPMF beneficiary Gabriel Wong, 11, tries out the obstacle course at the mountaineering school at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.
STSPMF beneficiary Gabriel Wong, 11, tries out the obstacle course at the mountaineering school at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
STSPMF beneficiary Fan Ming Yin, 11, tries out being a nurse looking after babies at the hospital establishment at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.
STSPMF beneficiary Fan Ming Yin, 11, tries out being a nurse looking after babies at the hospital establishment at Kidzania on June 21, 2017.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE-Adam Putra, 11, has, for over a year, harboured dreams of being an NBA basketball player, inspired by Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard Kyrie Irving.

On Wednesday (June 21), the Opera Estate Primary School student got a little taste of what being a professional basketball player might be like as he took to centre court with adoring fans cheering him on.

He was among more than 20 beneficiaries of the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) who were treated to a da y out at KidZania Singapore. The children, who are mainly from upper primary, went around various stations in an imaginary city trying out different jobs, such as firefighter, chef, window washer, journalist, and insurance agent.

At each station, they also learnt about what each job entails and earn imaginary "kidzo" currency.

Gabriel Wong, a Primary 5 pupil from Punggol View Primary School, attempted the high elements obstacles at the KidZania mountaineering school. Despite having to overcome obstacles more then five metres in the air, he was unafraid.

"I tried it before during my P5 school camp, which is of a higher height, so I'm not scared. If I had the chance, I don't mind trying it again," he added.

First organised in November last year, HeadSTart is an ST initiative to bring journalists and beneficiaries together.

During the outing, each beneficiary also received a Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet with S Pen, worth $498 each. Both the outing and the tablets were sponsored by Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Ms Esther Low, its head of public relations and corporate marketing, said: "It is a delight for Samsung to play a part in giving the children a glimpse of what they can do when they grow up. We hope that the outing has tickled their imagination and our Galaxy Tab A with S Pen can be their gateway to explore even more of what the world has to offer."

Crime reporter Ng Huiwen, 26, who was one of the 11 volunteers guiding the children, said it was very meaningful being part of HeadSTart.

"It is good to let the kids explore the different career options available in a fun manner," she said, adding that on a personal level, volunteering her time was a good way to contribute to STSPMF.

Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of the STSPMF, said: "We are very thankful to the staff from The Straits Times for taking time to be with our beneficiaries, and giving them a fun and memorable day."

Started in 2000, the STSPMF is as a community project initiated by The Straits Times to provide pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school.