SINGAPORE: Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu has called on more Singaporeans, especially youths, to embrace volunteerism and develop a stronger sense of responsibility for fellow citizens.
"When we care, we make a difference, not just for the beneficiary, but for the giver. That's how we grow as individuals, and grow closer to the ones we serve. That's how we can grow as a caring and cohesive society," she said.
She was speaking at Global Youth Service Day 2016, where close to 20 youths from SportsCares Foundation and Youth Corps Singapore helped to prepare and pack hot meals at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen Saturday morning (Apr 16).
"Anyone can volunteer, no matter your age. Our youth from SportCares and Youth Corps Singapore show how easy it can be," said Ms Fu.
The meals prepared on Saturday will be distributed to more than 4,500 beneficiaries of Willing Hearts, including the elderly, the disabled and low-income families.
SportCares youth volunteer Wayne Tang, 17, said: "I've always wanted to go out and make some good things happen. Also, volunteering has taught me valuable skills such as managing events, thinking on my feet and solving problems creatively."