SINGAPORE - The Singapore Scout Association (SSA) kicked off its annual Job Week on Wednesday (March 7) by carrying out various housekeeping tasks at the Istana and the Istana Heritage Gallery.
Twelve scouts, including two with special needs, spent the morning cleaning the Istana's lifts and floors and feeding swans in the garden. They also, for the first time, performed tasks at the Istana Heritage Gallery, including wiping the glass displays and walls. The gallery is across Orchard Road from the Istana.
President Halimah Yacob, the SSA's Chief Scout, interacted with the scouts as they carried out their tasks and presented them with a cheque for the work they had done.
Job Week, which runs from March 10 to 16, will involve about 10,000 scouts looking for jobs in homes and offices across the island. The donations they get in return will fund a scout programme.
The scouts hope to raise $800,000, up from last year's $700,000.
"Through the annual Job Week, we hope our scouts will learn the importance of helping others as well as the value of honest and hard work," said Scout chief commissioner Antong Shahrudin.
Victoria School scout Matin Ansari, 16, is participating in his seventh Job Week: "It teaches us to get our hands dirty, and I have earned a level of respect for our helpers and cleaners who do these tasks for us in our homes and schools."