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Children’s Day 2021
October 8, 2021
Every year, we celebrate National Children’s Day on 8th October in Singapore. This year, the pandemic of covid-19 has affected many people livelihood. It has also impacted us to adapt to the new norm in our daily events. Many schools tried their best to conduct virtual Children’s Day celebrations, but we truly miss the fun time to celebrate this day with our fellow schoolmates and teachers. However, it was a marvellous experience celebrating Children’s Day at Ahuva Good Shepherd Children Home on 8th October 2021.
Early in the morning, when other residents and I came down the stairs to the 3rd level, there were balloons everywhere in all shades of pink, blue, and white. Near the dining area, there was a beautiful ceramic vase with flowers that have a plethora of flavours of lollipops in the middle of each flower. The staff of AGS organised few activities for us to celebrate the Children’s Day.
In the first activity, we were tasked to read more about the history of Universal Children’s Day. We got to know how different countries celebrate Children’s Day on different days of the year. In Singapore, we celebrate Children’s Day on the second Friday of October.
As we are privileged to celebrate Children’s Day annually with fun activities and received special gifts, we realized that many children in the world are living in poverty and do not have a chance to celebrate children’s day or to enjoy fun activities and gifts as we do.
[Youtube Movie based on a true story about the children of Yunnan Province, China, crossing the Nujiang River by using pulley cables to get to their school]
Following that, we watched a heart-warming movie ‘Walking to School’ (https://youtu.be/OwyqYeiNbCY), which made most of us teared. It was based on a true story about the children of Yunnan Province, China, crossing the Nujiang River by using pulley cables to get to their school. This movie did not only make us feel emotionally touched, but it also made me realise that we are truly gifted and privileged, compared to the children living in poverty. It made me/us feel motivated to climb to my/our highest potential in academics, and my/our passion.
After the movie, we had a relaxing and therapeutic time painting what we would link to our childhood. Together with my fellow friends, I surely had a fun time using my creativity and imagination to paint a beautiful masterpiece. We shared our memorable childhood stories through our beautiful masterpiece. Also, my friends and I were truly happy with the gifts we received. It brightened up our day and put a big smile on our faces!
A BIG THANK YOU to all sponsors for all the wonderful gifts that we have received on Children’s Day.
Happy Children’s Day to all!
Artworks by the programme participants
Article contributed by a 16-year-old Programme Participant
Ahuva Good Shepherd – Children’s Home (NR)