Many of us remember Children’s Day as a special day that we did not have to attend school and we could stay home to unbox the presents we had received from our teachers.

Fun fact: Children’s Day is celebrated all around the world on different dates. The “official” World Children’s Day actually falls on Nov 20. Singapore started celebrating Children’s Day on Oct 1 in 1961 but moved it to the first Friday of October from 2012. This year it falls on Oct 9.

Whatever the date is, and wherever it is celebrated, Children’s Day is intended as a day focused on children’s welfare, education and growth. By encouraging communities to celebrate children and their potential to contribute to society, the aim is to ensure that every child grows up happily and looked after.

Sadly, not all children come from fortunate backgrounds.

This Children’s Day, The Pride shares five ways you can help needy children and give them a chance at experiencing a normal childhood.

Walk for our children

Walk for Our Children 2020 – Opening Message by President Halimah Yacob

Walk for Our Children 2020 (Virtual Edition) is OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! We are happy and excited as this is our first virtual event! Please participate and help us reach our target of 20 million steps! We are also honoured to have President Halimah Yacob as our Guest of Honour for this event 😊 Click the video below for her opening message. It costs only $25 to register and all proceeds will go towards supporting programmes we run to help children, youth and families in need. Visit www.walkforourchildren.sg to register and start clocking the steps 👣 (minimum 5,000 steps/participant in one day). Tag us on Facebook and Instagram (@sgchildrensoc) when you upload photos and videos of your Walk so that we can be updated of your participation! SEE YOU VIRTUALLY! #walkforourchildren2020 #woc2020 #charitywalk #walkforacause #walkathon #fundraising

Singapore Children's Society 發佈於 2020年9月28日 星期一

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That is why the Singapore Children’s Society has launched the first virtual edition of Walk for Our Children 2020. With a target of 20 million steps, it hopes to raise funds that will go towards supporting the programmes it runs to help children, youth and families in need.

Since it’s a virtual walk, you can do it anytime and anywhere as long as you hit a minimum of 5,000 steps a day. The virtual walk period ends on Nov 30. Visit Walk for Our Children to register and start clocking your steps!

Provide a comfortable space

Happy Children's Day!
Image source: Darul Ihsan Orphanage

The Darul Ihsan Boys’ and Girls’ Orphanage provides a safe shelter for 53 youths and children as young as 7.

As part of a much-needed renovation of the boys’ and girls’ homes, the orphanage is looking to raise funds to revamp the space with new furniture to accommodate up to 65 residents.

A full set of furniture for one child is $1,230, however, you can also choose to sponsor individual furniture items. Any amount – big or small – is welcome.

Visit Darul Ihsan Orphanage’s page on Giving.sg to help provide a comfortable living space for its children.

Bring hope to young kidney patients

En Xuan, who was born with kidney disease, had to have home-based peritoneal dialysis to sustain her life after her kidneys stopped working when she was in Primary 1. For 10 to 12 hours every night for three years, she had to be hooked up to a dialysis machine.

But after a transplant, she was able to lead a normal life, similar to that of other children.

And it’s thanks to the efforts of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), which is also raising funds in other campaigns to provide financial support for kidney patients while they are waiting for their transplant.

At NKF, there are many young patients like En Xuan who need dialysis to sustain their lives while they wait for a transplant. You can support them by giving them a piece of hope in celebration of Children’s Day this year.

Give the gift of health

NUH Children's Fund
Image source: NUH Children’s Fund

Managed by the National University Hospital Singapore (NUHS) Fund, NUH Children’s Fund raises money for financially disadvantaged children seeking treatment at the Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical institute (KTP-NUCMI) at the National University Hospital (NUH).

KTP-NUCMI provides comprehensive and specialised medical and surgical services for newborns, children and adolescents.

As medical treatment can be costly, there are patients who encounter financial difficulties in spite of government healthcare subsidies such as Medisave, MediShield or Medifund schemes and private insurance. The number of such patients who require financial aid continue to rise yearly. The fund hopes to enable all children and adolescents to achieve good health and well-being regardless of their financial circumstances.

Your gift will help make a difference to the lives of young patients in need of financial aid and help them on the road to recovery. You can make a donation here.

Hone a child’s musical talents

CareHut Music Day Camp
Image source: Care Community Services Society

CareHut Music Day Camp by Care Community Services Society (CCSS) is a programme run in its four student care centres islandwide. With this programme, the centres hope to bring out positive values of unity, resilience and patience as the children learn how to tune their instruments, hone their musical abilities and play in a musical ensemble.

CareHut also supports children from low-income and single parent families. Sponsorships from the public enable CCSS to provide opportunities for these 400 CareHut students to develop to their fullest potential and grow in character.

Learn how you can be a sponsor here.

Some children start their lives disadvantaged, and they need more help to break out of the cycle. Your contribution will help struggling children cope better in the present, helping them reach a brighter future.

The Pride wishes all children and parents a Happy Children’s Day!

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