In partnership with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019 presents the Build a Dream initiative, a collective effort to support the less fortunate and contribute to their personal growth. This festive season, let’s dream big with five inspiring individuals! Learn about their hopes and dreams in our series of feature stories below.
From 26 to 31 December 2018, artworks created by other talented students from these organisations will be transformed into light projections on Marina Bay’s iconic landmarks – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Merlion and the ArtScience Museum.
Head down to Marina Bay to see their artworks light up our city skyline as we welcome the new year!
Build a Dream is in support of the Singapore Cares (SG Cares) movement, which encourages everyone to build a caring society together. Every small gesture of kindness can make a big impact on someone else’s life.
In the spirit of
Goh Jing Yi Beatrice, 14 years old, APSN (Tanglin)
Beatrice is a student at APSN Tanglin School. She has Mild Intellectual Disability with Autism, and while she may seem shy and reclusive, she communicates best through her artworks of her favourite Chinese Zodiac animals, people and landscapes from around the world. Besides doodling traditional costumes and country flags that continuously intrigue her, Beatrice also brings to life characters from her active imagination. She diligently fills up her sketchbooks and papers in hope of sharing her world with all of you someday!
APSN Tanglin School for persons with mild intellectual disability supports Beatrice and her talented peers aged 13 to 16 by providing them with the opportunity to develop their creative talents and build greater confidence through art. Encourage budding talents this new year with a donation to APSN!
Surya Gunawan, 10 years old, AWWA Special Student Care Centre
Young Surya, ‘big brother’ to his peers at AWWA Special Student Care Centre (SSCC) aspires to be a police officer when he grows up. For two years now, Surya has been the centre’s beacon of light. He tirelessly seizes every opportunity to participate in the myriad of activities the centre organises. Ranging from art and craft to music and outdoor activities, Surya is always the first to volunteer with the brightest of smiles and exhibits great leadership qualities in the process. His warm and selfless personality is a blessing to peers in need of help and comfort. With the support of AWWA SSCC’s nurturing environment, Surya’s dream is closer than he thinks!
Help keep Surya’s and many young wishes alive by making a festive donation today! Besides offering enriching programs to children with special needs, AWWA SSCC is also a platform that provides caregivers with temporary respite and the opportunity to be financially independent.
Chan Ka Ho, 7 years old, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)
Unfazed by triplegia, a type of cerebral palsy diagnosed at birth, Ka Ho dreams of becoming a professional drummer. His enthusiasm for music is infectious. Even with his physical disability, this musician-in-the-making has persisted through piano lessons and has even mastered a song! Within the comforts of his home, Ka Ho is often heard belting out the National Anthem like a true patriot. Drums are Ka Ho’s favourite musical instrument, and he eagerly anticipates a future in which he is able to attend lessons and have a full set of drums that he can call his own!
At CPAS, there are many others like Ka Ho with dreams that go far beyond the difficulties of their mobility due to cerebral palsy. Cheer on these inspirational individuals with a donation!
Yong Qiao Qi, 27 years old, Arts@Metta, Metta Welfare Association
Twenty-seven-year-old Qiao Qi is a person of many talents - she is a visual artist, batik painting coach and captain of a dance group. Despite being born with Down Syndrome, she has a determination that surpasses many. As her love for the arts provides her with a safe and peaceful sanctuary for the mind, Qiao Qi has spent the past 9 years pursuing her passion at Arts@Metta. Today, she is able to express herself through pottery, creating at least 2 batik prints a day and coaching corporate volunteers on batik painting at community engagement sessions.
Being a driven individual, she always strives for more. Qiao Qi is also an unabashed hip-hop expert who choreographs her own moves and leads her YMCA Y STARS dance group in various competitions. She has hopes that her perseverance will one day pay off and many will know her as ‘Qiao Qi the famous dancer’!
Motivate more youths in the pursuit of passion with a kind donation to Metta Welfare Association! Arts@Metta is a welfare program that is committed to enriching youths with special needs in their artistic endeavours and creating related training-cum-employment opportunities under a sustainable framework.
Ezra Goh, NAFA Alumni
Ezra’s younger days were filled with a passion for dance and many obstacles between. Undaunted, he enrolled himself into Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore and excelled through countless opportunities that the Diploma in Dance Choreography presented him with. For his exemplary work ethic and dedication to his craft, Ezra earned himself The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship (Diploma) in 2011 and The Ngee Ann Kongsi Merit Award (Diploma) scholarships that allowed him to pursue his passion wholeheartedly.
Before embarking on the NAFA journey, graduating from New York’s Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College with a Bachelor in Fine Arts might have been nothing more than a dream for Ezra. However, Ezra today is a degree holder and company member of two prestigious dance companies, H.T. Chen & Dancers, and Kizuna Dance Company, in New York City. With a grateful heart, he remembers how these scholarships played a pivotal role in shaping his life.
“Having the scholarships helped a lot in making it possible for me to dance. If it wasn’t because of those scholarships and what I had in NAFA, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Remind talented youths in need that help and dreams are within reach by supporting NAFA with a donation!