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Children’s Day: Some Kids Are Alright

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Happy Children’s Day to all you 25 year old kids in disguise. This one’s for you!

An article by Penny C

Skipping1st October’s here and it’s a day of celebration for all kids in Singapore! Remember the times when celebrating Children’s day meant that primary schools were closed for the afternoon during  the eve of the big day? In the morning it was all fun and games with performances by both student and teacher bodies. Even the principle would spend the day on stage with her subordinates, making a mockery out of themselves so that we could laugh our heads off. Thank goodness for cheap thrills. Life was good, we didn’t need to lug a whole load of text books to school and the only chore was get on board the school bus for home at 10AM.


If you had the awesome teachers, they would have used their own cash to buy us kids little presents like candies, pretty pencils and even simple home-made pins with our initials on them. Many of us wouldn’t have known how to appreciate these kind gestures back then. Hey a gift’s a gift, right? But in hindsight, it takes a heart to reach into own pockets to surprise kids who make you want to yank your hair out every now and then. We were Princes and Princesses for a day and when we got home, academia didn’t matter as long as special Children’s Day television programmes were airing.

Arm in armAs the years passed, so did this childhood occasion. There was no more need to check the TV listings for programmes that would tickle our 8 year old funny bone and there was definitely no more reason for us to haggle for leniency with the excuse of “But it’s Children’s Day!”.  We’ve all grown into sensible individuals with the corporate skills to kill and the knack for knowing which alcohol tastes better with strawberries.

Besides these uncanny abilities, life has also given us the means to ensure that Children’s Day stays the same joyful occasion for certain kids with different backgrounds laden with family issues. There are many non-profit organisations in Singapore that care for the less fortunate children, many of whom don’t have the opportunity to experience Children’s Day like the rest of us.

Some organisations include:

Children’s Cancer Foundation

Children’s Cancer Foundation

The Children’s Cancer Foundation strives to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being. Choose a way to contribute here.

Singapore Children’s Society

Singapore Children’s Society

The Singapore Children’s Society protects and nurtures children and youth who are abused, neglected and/or from dysfunctional families via the service categories of: Caregiving, Preventive, Developmental, Remedial, Community and Public Education. Discover how to spread the love here.

I Love Children

I Love Children

I Love Children is an organisation that focuses on helping families cope with the many issues that come with having children. These families are encouraged to achieve a healthy work-life balance by creating a nurturing environment for children with the help of road shows, talks, and workshops.

Like everywhere else in the world, there are many supportive channels in Singapore that choose to serve the same cause differently. Take a small step this October and be there to help these organisations reach out to children the way they can.  For a list of non-profit organisations in Singapore, check out the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. We might be just what they need.

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