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Pertapis Quarterly E-Newsletter January to March 2017

Contributors Humayra Md Naser Nashiedatul Umairah Abd Aziz Mohamad Farhan Mohamad Rashid Rafidah Rafid Nurul Janiah Mohd Jani Nurul Ain Mohd Kassim Soraya Begum Md Sufian Salim Mohd Salleh Jetty Rashidah Rashid Norasimah Sujai (Editor) Osman Mohamed

Advisors Abdul Wahab Hussein Mohd Jufri Haron

Designers Students Of Republic Polytechnic Diploma in User Experience: Danish Mateen Bin Mohamed Ang Wei Cheng


CONTENTS PCWG

PCH SCDF Adopt-a-Home Scheme Moral Education by ASIIUM CNY goodwill visit by Wah Toh Tit Tar Sdn Bhd

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Maulid @ Omar Salmah Mosque BP Graduation @ Afterwit Maulid @ Ba’ alwie Mosque

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School open House Day Learning and Community service by SP

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Futsal Clinc Pandemic Plan GDX

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Assistance from 3rd HQ SCDF Servicemen PCH soccer soft launch

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Bowling Night by BCD Travel Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar

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International Women Day BP Camp 2017 Career Talk

Floorball by ACS Sensorium Vale Arts Workshop at HCI

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Hanna Workshop Interaction with MJC interactors Get together cum Bonding session

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Outing to Singapore Flying Club

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PSCFH

PHH Maulid Rasul by PHH Sepak Takraw Match

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Stories Break Silence Sang Nila Utama Society Visit

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Kayaking Star Batch 1&2 Abseiling and Sport climbing

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Picture speaks a Thousand Words Down memory lane Programme

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Geylang FC football events Spiritual Outing Development Programme

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Never judge a book by its cover Intergenerational Learning

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TAJ Community Project

Major Events

Agora Recruitment Agency Youth at risk & Children Workshop

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Friday Mosque Collections

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Seminar for Parents @ Tampines NLB

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Volunteer Appreciation Day 2017

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Pertapis Children’s Home Articles by: Humayra Md Naser

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January Events 05 January 2017 SCDF Adopt-a-Home Scheme

In early January 2017, about 30 servicemen from Sengkang Fire Station had visited the Home to render their assistance in cleaning the hard-toreach places. The team had also extended in-kind donations. Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to Sengkang Fire Station for the kind thoughts and contribution for the Home and children.

14 January 2017 Moral Education Workshop by Association of S’pore International Islamic University of Malaysia (ASIIUM)

Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the volunteers from ASIIUM who took time away from their semester break to conduct workshop exclusively for our kids. They planned and conducted indoor and outdoor programs incorporating various Islamic lessons and prophetic history. These volunteers taught our kids Islamic values through fun-filled activities and introduced Islamic history through engaging stories. Our kids enjoyed the workshop immensely and we look forward to future collaborations with ASIIUM.

17 January 2017 Chinese New Year goodwill visit by Wah Toh Tit Tar Sdn Bhd (KL, Malaysia) Our sincerest thanks to the boss and staff from Wah Toh Tit Tar Sdn Bhd for selecting PCH as their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) beneficiary. With the spirit of giving of Chinese New Year, Wah Toh Tit Tar has donated 5K in cash and dry rations to PCH. They also engaged our kids with interesting and fun indoor activities. Our kids were thrilled to receive goody bags from these kind souls. Our heartfelt gratitude to Wah Ton Tit Tar Sdn Bhd for their generous contribution.

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21 January 2017 School Open House Day 2017 PCH open our doors for all school leaders, teachers, and school counsellors from more than 20 schools. It was indeed a memorable day for our kids and the representatives from the various schools. Our kids made their debut performance of Samba Funk, entertaining their school representatives with a lively and energetic performance. It was heartening to see all the school reps mingling and spending time with our kids over lunch. Our sincerest thanks to all the school representatives who made the time and effort to attend our School Open house. Thank you all for the continuous support and believing in our kids.

28 January 2017 Learning and Community Service by Singapore Polytechnic, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Students from Singapore Polytechnic conducted a series of learning programs and community service for our kids in PCH. They engaged our kids with creative indoor games such as creative puzzles, tower formation and online quizzes. Our kids had an amazing time bonding with our volunteers from Singapore Poly and having loads of fun carrying out these activities. Our special thanks to Singapore Polytechnic for their continuous support in organizing programs for our kids.

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February Events 10 February 2017 Assistance from 3rd HQ SCDF Servicemen for Manpower Support February marks the commencement of our major upgrading works in Pertapis Children’s home (PCH). We are ever so grateful towards the officers and servicemen of 3rd HQ SCDF for lending their support. They extended their support and energy by helping PCH transport furniture and unwanted items during the preliminaries of our Cyclical Maintenance and Upgrading works. LTC Eric Chua from 3rd HQ SCDF also came down to provide support to his men that day. Our special thanks to these servicemen for continuously supporting PCH and giving us a hand whenever needed.

18 February 2017 PCH Soccer Soft Launch for Soccer Program As part of PCH’s ‘I Believe’- Sports Excellence programme through promoting healthy lifestyle and team bonding, PCH celebrated its Soccer Soft Launch Programme 2017. This soccer program is funded by Sport Committee of Serangoon CC. They have assisted the Home by engaging professional coaches from the Singapore Sports Association. They started this soccer clinic to motivate our kids who have interests in soccer. Our kids commenced the event with a splendid performance of ‘Samba funk’. Our kind sponsors also donated soccer apparels and 2 goal posts. The kids were entertained with a soccer demonstration by the coaches and were given the opportunity to showcase their skills. Our heartiest gratitude for coaches and volunteers from Singapore Sports Association and Sport Committee of Serangoon CC for their continuous support in discovering and harnessing the talents of our residents.

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21 February 2017 Bowling Night organized by BCD Travel Our special thanks to BCD Travel for inviting our kids for a night of strikes and pizza! BCD travel organized a bowling night for their staff and the invitation was extended to our PCH kids as well. It was a night of discovery- our kids had hidden talents, hitting strikes after strikes. Our kids enjoyed themselves immensely and were ecstatic to receive prizes. Our heartfelt appreciation to BCD travel for organizing this memorable night for our kids.

24 February 2017 ‘Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar’ Every 4th Friday of the month, Serangoon Library Malay Club invites our kids for a program to boost their knowledge and skills of the Malay Language. Organisers from Serangoon Library engage our kids with fun-filled activities like storytelling and crafts. As these monthly sessions progress, our kids would be learning new Malay vocabulary and also writing skills that would help in improving their Malay Language. Our special thanks to Serangoon Library Malay Club for inviting our kids to participate in a program that would encourage them to read as well.

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March Events 12 March 2017 Floor Ball Program Organized by ACS Secondary School

Our kids enjoyed an active and well-spent Sunday learning the rope of floorball. A group of ACS Secondary School students organized a Floorball program, teaching our dear kids about this sport. This was a good exposure for our kids, teaching them practical skills and teamwork. Our heartiest thanks to ACS Secondary for conducting this program!

13 March 2017 Sensorium Vale and Arts Workshop at Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) Our special thanks to Hwa Chong Institution for organizing a fun-filled day for our kids! As part of the Sensorium Vale Program, our kids were taught on camera techniques and created their own story boarding skit during the first session. For the second session, our kids made their imaginations come true by filming and editing their short skits. PCH kids were truly imaginative with stories ranging fighting zombies to the guilt of cheating during examinations. They were also taught craft-making, conducted by student leaders of HCI (High School), creating and painting unique robots from cardboards. Our warmest gratitude to Hwa Chong Institution for their continuous support!

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14 March 2017 Henna Workshop Conducted by PCH Staff, Ms Firzanah Nazmi A special shout out to our dear staff, Ms Firzanah Nazmi who conducted a Henna workshop for our girls. Our girls receive hands on experience on creating unique and beautiful henna designs under the guidance of Ms Firzanah. PCH girls showcased their artistic talents, drawing beautiful designs and learning the techniques of henna decoration. Thank you Ms Firzanah for conducting this Henna workshop for our young ladies!

15 March 2017 Interaction by Meridian Junior College Interactors Students from Meridian Junior College Interact Club conducted an interaction program with our kids. They engaged our kids with various team building games followed by a short Zumba session. The program ended with a short tutorial on how to make keychains. Our kids received these keychains with their names beautifully crafted by MJC interactors. Our sincerest thanks to Meridian Junior College Interactors for engaging our kids.

16 March Get-Together cum Bonding Session It was a day filled with exciting and fun activities. This year, PCH conducted our bonding session at East Coast Park. Our kids were buzzing with excitement, awaiting the arrival of this day. Kids and staff enjoyed themselves immensely, participating in tele matches and sand castle making competitions and bonding with one another. We were all treated to a delicious meal of BBQed chicken, satay and otah-otah. It was truly a memorable day for PCH.

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18 March Outing to Singapore Flying Club Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Temasek Polytechnic TP Aviation Management & Services for inviting our kids to the Singapore Youth Flying Club. Our 10 kids were taken on an exciting tour and were given the opportunity to board the Aircrafts too. Our kids had an amazing time learning about the various aircrafts. Our warmest thanks to Temasek Polytechnic Aviation Management & Services for extending this invitation to our kids!

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Pertapis Centre for Women & Girls Articles by: Nashiedatul Umairah Abd Aziz

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January Events 21 January 2017 Maulid @ Omar Salmah Mosque The youths of PCWG were invited to attend another Maulidur Rasul event at Omar Salmah Mosque. The youths attended a religious talk, and the Maulid. The youths were served with delicacies at the end of the event. The youths remarked that it was a memorable event.

21 January 2017 BP Graduation @ Afterwit Beautiful People had organised a graduation event for the BP mentees to mark the completion of the programme for the year 2016. The ceremony included a series of performance by both the Big Sisters and Little Sisters. It was then followed by a presentation of their certificates as well as tokens from the Young Leaders. The day ended with a buffet of scrumptious Mexican cuisine that includes Tacos.

28 January 2017 Maulid @ Ba’alwie Mosque Ba’alwie Mosque invited the youths of PCWG to attend a Maulidur Rasul Event, in commemoration of the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday. The event also included religious talks and booths for snacks and drinks. The youths shared that they found the event a joyous and meaningful experience. They enjoyed the opportunity to commemorate the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday, engage with others and also partake in fun activities and savour the spread of food and drinks.

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February Events February 2017-Present Futsal Clinic Organised by PCWG, the youths have been attending the Futsal Clinic at Kovan Sports Centre on every Wednesday. These sessions aimed to use sports and games to impact and develop the youths positively. They not only have fun, but they are also being equipped with skills to play futsal like a pro! So forget the glass slippers, these girls wear soccer gears now!

27 February 2017 Pandemic Plan GDX PCWG was amongst the few selected VCHs to conduct the Pandemic Plan – Ground Deployment Exercise (GDX) as part of our BCM Validation Exercise. Congratulations to Team PCWG for the months of effort, planning and preparation that concluded in the success of the event! Now PCWG is more than ready for any outbreaks! Always be prepared for any emergency!

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March Events 8 March 2017 International Women’s Day In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, PCWG organised our very own celebration for all our young ladies. We had 2 guest speakers; Ms Aidli Mosbit and Ms Rina Tahar share their stories with our young ladies. Ms Aidli Mosbit; a playwright, director and actor, shared about her journey in life – that life is a rollercoaster, with its ups and downs. Ms Rina Tahar, founder of Sufyaa shared her difficult times and motivated the residents to work hard to achieve what they want. Our residents were enthusiastic and at the same time learnt that life is not always smooth-sailing and that it takes effort to be successful.

18-19 March 2017 BP Camp 2017 Beautiful People organised a two-day camp for the new batch of Little Sisters as a compulsory orientation programme. The camp was held at SAFRA Yishun Country Club. The camp started out with some ice breaker activities for the girls and they played some games as well as prepare for a performance to be performed during the campfire session. The second day of the camp comprised of high element activities and other outdoor activities. The camp concluded with a briefing and a feedback session where the youths shared that they had thoroughly enjoyed the camp and had a lot of fun.

25 March 2017 Career Talk PCWG organised a career talk to expose the residents to the different types of careers available. Our guest speaker was Ms Aisyah Jumari of Simply Sinless. Ms Aisyah Jumari shared her experiences throughout her life; from being a paralegal to opening a bakery. The residents were excited and had asked a lot of questions they had in mind! 13


Pertapis Halfway House Articles by: Mohamad Farhan Mohamad Rashid

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January Events 14 January 2017 Maulid Rasul The first quarter of 2017 proved to be a very eventful one, marked with various activities. Firstly, Pertapis Halfway House started off spiritually with a yearly event, Maulid Rasul on the 14 January 2017. Nasyid recital was one of the activities, especially reaching out to the hearts of the participants. They had only positive feedback to share with the peers and families back Home.

21 January 2017 Sepak Takraw match by Simei Veterans Sepak Takraw Club Next up, in an effort to introduce more sport-focused events to the Home, a friendly Sepak Takraw match was organised by Ustaz Ahmad Ghazali on 21st January 2017 with Simei Veterans Sepak Takraw Club. The match consist of the Home’s residents 4 “regu” and the organizer’s 4 veteran teams joining in the fray as well. It is the very first Sepak Takraw event introduced to the Home and we can foresee it happening much more often in near future and possibly a match with other official groups could very well happen.

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February Events 11-12 February 2017, 11-12 March 2017 Kayaking by People’s Association Water Venture by Sembawang Kayaking is one of the more exciting sports one can undertake to master the waves of the sea. Within this quarter, two batches of the PHH’s residents went forth to earn their Star 1 Kayaking course and every single one of them managed to achieve this in their two days and one night camp under People’s Association organisation. Despite the unpredictable weather of light drizzling to heavy rain, the residents manage to persevere through with PHH Deputy Head who is also a certified Kayaking instructor.

25 February 2017 Abseiling & Sport Climbing by Peoples’ Association Pasir Ris Hosted by the same organization, Abseiling and Sport climbing was introduced to the residents. Initially, they expected them to be easy activities, only to be surprised. Despite the fear of heights and strenuous activities, they managed to pull through and complete their obstacles with a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Being the first of its kind for Pertapis Halfway House, we hope to see future plans for future batches to actively participate in. PHH continues to update on the future quarters for any exciting events.

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March Events 27 February 2017, 4 March 2017, 10 March 2017 Geylang FC vs Hougang FC,Geylang FC vs Balestier FC, Geylang FC vs SAF warriors 27th February was the day, Geylang FC went head to head with Hougang FC and lost the match a score of 2-0. However, the die-hard fans cheered on for their heroes regardless of victory or loss, thanking them for their efforts in representing the team. Geylang International FC fought long and hard with Balestier FC with their loyal fans cheering on from the sidelines 4th March. They came out victorious with 2-0 and made their fans proud. On 10th of March, they were on par with SAF warriors with tied score of 1-1. We will be sure watch out for more feats and action by our heroes.

4 March 2017 Spiritual Outing Development Programme On the night of 4th March 2017, some of the Home’s residents were brought to the famous Masjid Sultan mosque for the monthly Spiritual Outing Development programme, or SOD for short. It has been an on-going programme for a few years that normally falls on Saturdays. One of the highlights involved very relatable and thought-provoking syarahans by the local Asatizah. This syarahans are meant to focus on the common problems that the residents normally face in their lives and the various ways to overcome them. To add on, one of the speakers is an example of a man who managed to bury his vices and start fresh on a straight path. “First time going to the mosque in his life” was one of the responses of the participants in their experience with the programme.

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Pertapis Senior Citizens Fellowship Home Articles by: Rafidah Rafid

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January Events 27 January 2017 Stories break silence and nourish those who feel and dream Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to put ideas to our mind. The home is grateful to a passionate dedicated storyteller who conducts Elysian sessions once a month. On 27th January 2017, a very unique storytelling activity was conducted. Our storyteller, Mdm Zaiton, injected creativity to the session by bringing in Mandarin Translated book and also materials to educate our seniors with a different language. Stories or narratives that have been shared by Mdm Zaiton comes from different culture and serve as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and had instilled moral values. Our seniors were enlivened listening to the stories as they let their mind escape the reality of life for that moment.

29 January 2017 Sang Nila Utama Society Visit The home was entertained by a group of Alumni from Sang Nila Utama society. The elderly was entertained with a sing-along karaoke session which invokes a lot of nostalgic memories. Our elderly were delighted as they were served with scrumptious kueh delicacies for their tea break. No act of kindness, no matter how small is wasted. Thank you Sang Nila Utama Society.

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February Events 18 February 2017 Picture speaks a thousand words It is often said that a painted picture or photograph is worth a thousand words. Concentrating on just one photo or places, it’s possible to evoke dozens of memories. Republic Polytechnic Students managed to revoke the past memories of our beloved seniors as they did a creative art therapy session. Seated in groups, our seniors were given a blank piece of paper and paint on the table. What’s unique was, no brushes were provided for the seniors. Many looked puzzled, however interestingly this is a creative way to spur their childhood memories and allowing our seniors to feel the paint and relive their childhood days where it’s okay for them to be messy. It never fails to amaze what our seniors have went through and the strength they possess despite their strugglesthrough a simple painted photo they painted.

22 February 2017 Down memory Lane Programme: Geylang Sipaku Geylang Reminiscing activity and programme is a great outlet for our beloved seniors to have a glimpse back to the past. The wealth of experiences our seniors can draw from, reminiscing is able to provide personal pleasure, unique details for their families, and an avenue for communication with their peers. On 22nd February 2017, Pertapis Senior Citizen Fellowship Home organised our Downmemory Lane Programme with the theme "Geylang Sipaku Geylang," Our dedicated volunteers and passionate staff worked hand in hand to ensure that our seniors enjoyed the trip. As soon as our seniors arrived at Geylang Serai, scrumptious breakfast from Mr Tarik were served to fill everyone’s tummy before the trip began. All our seniors were then brought around Geylang Serai to shop around. Beaming faces and twinkling eyes from our seniors was a great indication of the emotions of our seniors for the day. 20


March Events 24 March 2017 Never judge a book by its cover 24th March 2017 was a remarkable day for the staff and volunteers in Pertapis Senior Citizens’ Fellowship Home. Our dedicated volunteer decided to inject creativity and allow the seniors to get in touch with their childhood, through a simple activity. After an uplifting storytelling session, they were given a mini whiteboard with a marker. The seniors looked puzzled and expressionless when the items were distributed. Through their wrinkled skin and droopy eyes, we can sense the curiosity in some while disinterest in the others. Chattering and discontentment of not knowing what is happening filled the air. The volunteer remained calm and did a short briefing to allow the residents to reminisce their younger days when they were in school or pretended to be teacher during their childhood days. Much to our confound, the elderly start pulling off the marker caps and started drawing and writing. Our staff and volunteers were amazed seeing their creativity in their artwork during the activity. Little did we know that in a room full of crooked backs, colourless hair and time-faded eyes, there are sparkling stars and unleashed talent firing that were concealed behind the reality of ageing

March Intergenerational Learning is the Essence of Living The young and the old are collectively connected with the essence of living. In March 2017, Pertapis Senior Citizens’ Fellowship Home had an impeccable visit from our Family Branch tree, Kiddy Campus (Eunos / Yew Tee / Ubi). The seniors were entertained and amused with the endearing performance from the kids. The exchange of kisses and hugs warmed our hearts as we witnessed the existence of innocent form of love through the non-verbal communication.

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TAJ Community Projects Articles by: Nurul Janiah Mohd Jani

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March Events 2 March 2017 Agora Recruitment Agency During our monthly food ration distribution, Agora was invited to assist our beneficiaries who are seeking for jobs. Over 20 individuals came forth to apply for a job according to their qualifications

13 - 15 March 2017 Youth at Risk & Children Workshop During the March holidays, a 2 Day workshop was held for the Youths, while a 1 Day workshop was held for the children. The workshop aims to help the participants explore the consequences of risky behaviours, such as street gangs as well as on the risk of substance use. It is also designed to help participants build cooperating skills and resiliency in order to make better choices and adopt a positive attitude towards a drug-free and crime-free life. The programme components are designed to inspire self-exploration about their challenges, their strengths, and create opportunities for them to tap on their own inner resources to make positive choices for their future. As most of these youths may be lacking in positive role models, one of the sessions will include a group sharing by an adult recovering person to share his story of strengths, hopes and recovery.

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26 March 2017 Seminar for Parents (Tampines NLB) The talk presented by Dr Bibi Jan Mohd and Ms Hamidah Bahashwan covered the topic “Menuju Gaya Hidup Sempurna” or “To A Perfect Lifestyle” at the auditorium of Tampines National Library. Many insightful information was shared for the participants to bring home. Concurrently, a reading session for their children was held, giving an opportunity to an array of books to choose from.

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Major Events

Articles by: Nurul Janiah Mohd Jani

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February Events 4 February 2017 Management Retreat 2017 The annual Management Retreat was held at Capella Singapore at Sentosa. The management of Pertapis were gathered together as every department and homes took turn to present their Strategic Planning which enables them to evaluate progress and changing the approaches moving forward for the year 2017. EXCO members were also present on this day and not forgetting our invited Guest Speaker- Dr Elmie Nekmat who covered the topic 'Strategic Communications'.

17 February 2017 Friday Mosques Collection As part of our fund raising initiative, over 200 volunteers were involved in raising funds for the community. These volunteers compromised of our very own residents and students from Madrasah Aljunied. Not forgetting over 50 taxi drivers from Haji Yusoff Mosque who contributed by transporting the volunteers to and fro the venue. Donations from the public were done across all the mosques islandwide afrer Friday prayers. We would like to thank the public, volunteers and donors for their support!

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March Events 4 March 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Day “Volunteer Appreciation” is the annual awards event dedicated to recognize the contributions made by volunteers who have served the Pertapis Community. Ms Sim Ann Minister Of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry Trade of Industry, together with Mr Hussaini Abdullah President of Pertapis, honored the volunteers and organizations, for demonstrating commitment and numerous hours of service. The Hi-Tea event was held at Furama Riverfront, Grand Venus Ballroom.

14 “Outstanding Volunteer” awards are presented to distinguished volunteers who have made significant contributions and exemplify the spirit of volunteerism to the community. Recipients are nominated by all 4 homes and Pertapis Welfare Beneficiaries Pertapis Children’s Home, Pertapis Centre for Women and Girls, Pertapis Senior Citizens’ Fellowship Home and Pertapis Halfway House.

Their outstanding contributions varies from individual such as Mdm Monica Abdullah, who has volunteered with the Children’s Home for over 12 years, sponsoring regularly with dry food rations and regularly participated in Pertapis Charity events to organizations such as We Care Community Services who have provided a learning space for weekly tuition classes for the low income families.

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Over 300 volunteers are invited to the event which brings together the volunteers from the various Home and Centres. This year, guests are entertained by in-house talents compromising of residents from each Homes and Centres to personally thank the very faces who have enlighten their journey in Pertapis. At the end of the day, appreciation certificates are presented by the president of Pertapis and EXCO members.

Pertapis has seen an increase of approximately 200 volunteers over the past 5 years. Programmes and initiatives are often spearheaded by volunteers from different age groups and backgrounds as compared. Volunteer Appreciation is Pertapis’ opportunity to thank the individuals for their invaluable time, effort and expertise in giving back to the community.

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Address: Blk 1 Joo Chiat Road #04-1001 Joo Chiat Complex Singapore 420001 Operating Hours Mon – Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm Sat 9:00am – 1:00pm Sun & Public holiday we are closed. Tel: (+65) 6745 3969 Fax: (+65) 6747 0845 Email: enquiry@pertapis.org.sg

Pertapis E-Newsletter January - March 2017  

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