Talents of special needs’ performers shine on stage
Dancing to the groovy tune of “Can’t Stop Dancing”, 23 youth with special needs from Y STARS (YMCA Special Talents, Arts and Recreation Society) performed with passion and stole the hearts of the audience at the annual YMCA Proms @ the Park 2018.
The carnival took place on 21 July 2018 at The Lawn @ Marina Bay and showcased many fresh young talents, ranging from hip-hop dancing to song-signing. Some 60 youth and students from various social service organisations, such as Grace Orchard School and Mountbatten Vocational School, fearlessly took to the stage and put on a heartfelt performance.
Graced by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, YMCA Proms @ the Park 2018 saw more than 550 volunteers from various corporations, organisations and schools along with 500 beneficiaries bonding over an afternoon of concert, food and games. Mr Lee also presented Certificates of Appreciation to our Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Partners.
“At Daikin Singapore, progressing together with the society and extending our support to those in need have always been an important part of our corporate philosophy. As we mark our 50th Golden Jubilee year, we look forward to celebrating the occasion with greater volunteering efforts than before, rallying our colleagues in giving to the less privileged,” said Mr Liu Shaw Jiun, Managing Director, Daikin Airconditioning Singapore Pte Ltd. “YMCA Proms @ the Park has been an ideal event for Daikin volunteers to make a difference and we are excited to come together as one in bringing joy to the beneficiaries through the carnival,” he added.
Now in its 12th year running, YMCA Proms @ the Park seeks to promote corporate social responsibility by matching corporate organisations with social service organisations. At the same time, it also enables social understanding and bonding between volunteers and the beneficiaries. The intention of this meaningful event is not only to lift spirits of the beneficiaries but at the same time empower the volunteers and develop them into community champions. As the corporate organisations are always busy with their working schedules, this would be an encouraging opportunity to introduce volunteerism into their social life and hope they can continue to serve the community.
“It is heart-warming to see beneficiaries, volunteers from all parts of our community gathered here for one purpose, which is to show our care in simple and real terms. Through YMCA Proms @ the Park, we aim to continuously create enriching experiences for those serving and emphasise the need for everyone to be empathetic and understanding towards people with different needs,” said Mr Leslie Wong, President, YMCA of Singapore.
Our heartfelt appreciation to our partners for supporting us in YMCA Proms @ the Park 2018. Thank you for helping our beneficiaries to live beyond limitations.
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