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Broom It! Day: A time to clean, bond with the community

Five schools partnered with HDB to spring clean 18 HDB rental blocks in different zones around the city-state, in the inaugural Broom It! Day.

SINGAPORE: About 150 students and 20 Singapore Pools volunteers participated in a series of spring cleaning sessions at 18 HDB rental blocks on Tuesday (Aug 19), as part of the Housing and Development Board's (HDB) new Broom It! Day initiative.

The initiative, under Project SPHERE (Students, Singapore Pools and HDB Enriching and Reaching out to the Elderly), was launched on Tuesday and saw the volunteers undertake five spring cleaning sessions concurrently at 18 HDB rental blocks in five different zones.

The schools which participated in the event include St Patrick's Secondary Scchol, Chestnut Drive Secondary School, Dunman High, Nan Chiau High School and Hua Yi Secondary School.

"Through Broom It! Day, HDB hopes to generate interest and raise awareness of Project SPHERE, so that more schools and industry partners will come on board to support this programme, and make a difference to the lives of elderly residents in rental blocks," HDB stated.

"At the same time, it helps to bridge the gap between the young and old, through the students' interaction and engagement with the elderly, in various activities."

HDB said since Project SPHERE - a joint initiative between HDB, the Ministry of Education, Singapore Pools and the Tote Board - was launched in 2002, it has benefited about 88,000 elderly residents from over 103 HDB rental blocks. About 117,000 students have participated and organised close to 3,000 activities for the elderly.

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