NUS Day of Service 2018

The third NUS Day of Service (DOS) has gone from strength to strength over the years, with a record 2,050 NUS staff, students and alumni organising and participating in a total fo 57 community service activities reaching 6,130 beneficiaries.

Check out some of the activities that took place in Singapore and overseas here. For a full list of activities, click here.


Champion: Ms Gwendolyn Thong (Arts and Social Sciences '10)

A charity fair and concert with performances by Freda Lim, Maia Lee, Christiane Mikaela and Gwendolyn Thong to support Babes, a helping hand for pregnant teens. All proceeds from the event went towards helping Babes in their work of helping pregnant teens rebuild a life for themselves and their babies.

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Champion: Master of Science (Environmental Management) Alumni

Many locations provide recycling bins for the public, but often these bins are contaminated with the wrong items. Volunteers educated the public on proper waste segregation at City Square Mall, Singapore’s first Eco-Mall.

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Champion: NUS Alumni Auckland Chapter

Homelessness in Auckland city has become a big problem over the last 10 years. The causes for this include: the city is growing rapidly, income-gap is increasing, and there is a lack of housing options available to the underprivileged. Come winter time, the plight of the homeless is exacerbated by the cold weather and damp conditions. For NUS Day of Service this year, the Chapter focused their efforts on alleviating the suffering of the homeless, by raising funds to buy blankets for the Auckland City Mission. A total of 43 brand new blankets were bought and delivered to the mission, for distribution to the homeless and needy.

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Champion: Faculty of Dentistry

Staff, alumni and students from the Faculty of Dentistry conducted dental health education and oral health screening for our cleaning community who helps maintain our facilities.

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Champion: Duke-NUS Medical School

Students, staff, and alumni brought cheers to the patients at SGH with lively musical performances.

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Champion: NUS Alumni Sing-Along

Members from NUS Alumni Sing-Along provided entertainment to the nursing home residents with their engaging and interactive sing-along entertainment.

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Champion: Mr Donald Koh (Design and Environment ’08)

Volunteers introduced youths from the Autism Resource Centre Social and Leisure Club to coding and making of the micro:bit, and taught them how to programme and create their projects.

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Champion: Raffles Hall

This programme provided volunteers with the opportunity to learn cooking of hawker food from the disabled. Through this, volunteers experienced the difficulties faced by the disabled and learned to treat them with more respect and dignity. A group of elderly was invited to enjoy the food prepared.

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Champion: Office of Alumni Relations

NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua and NUS Day of Service Committee Chairperson Mr Jeremy Ee joined staff and alumni volunteers and their families to pick up trash at East Coast Park. 88kg of trash was collected and categorised into recyclales and non-recyclables.

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Champion: NUS Community Service Club - L-derly Befrienders

On this NUS Day of Service, volunteers joined this weekly student visits to the elderly, and engaged in activities such as simple household chores, grocery shopping, having lunch and chit-chatting with the elderly.

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Champion: Life Sciences Society, Environmental Biology Interest Group

Through picking up trash along Sungei Pandan mangroves and collecting data on the types of trash found, student volunteers helped to enhance our mangroves and contributed to marine trash research. A total of 180kg of trash was collected!

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Champion: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and NUS Economics Alumni

Children from Club Rainbow and their families went on a fun-filled excursion to Gardens by the Bay, and visited Flower Dome & Cloud Forest, accompanied by alumni, students and staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Champion: NUS Alumni Melbourne Chapter

Alumni in Melbourne gathered in support of The Alfred Father’s Day Appeal and the Winter Shelter. At the tea, guest speakers shared on the plights of the homeless in Melbourne and what can be done to help them, as well as educated alumni on healthy ageing.

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Champion: Ms Chen Teck Shing (Arts ’72) and RSVP Singapore

Volunteers helped to prepare meals for the underprivileged at this soup kitchen, by undertaking tasks such as preparation of ingredients and cutting vegetables.

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Champion: NUS Forensic Science Alumni

Alumni, students and staff from NUS Forensic Science were joined by NUS President Tan Eng Chye, NUS Day of Service Committee Chairperson Mr Jeremy Ee, and NUS Alumni Advisory Board members Ms Janet Ang and Mr Johnny Tan at this activity. Everyone pulled up their sleeves and helped with cleaning and maintenance chores.

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Champion: National University of Singapore Society (NUSS)

Beneficiaries from MacPherson Constituency were invited to go grocery shopping with volunteers comprising NUSS members and staff, as well as NUS students and staff. Each family was given up to $60 to purchase groceries, and received goodies bags kindly sponsored by Giant Hypermarket.

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Champion: NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and NUS Business School Global Alumni Network Office (GANO)

Volunteers from NUS Business School packed and distributed food packs to needy families in Toa Payoh.

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Champion: NUS Students' Union (NUSSU)

Before the cleaning commenced, volunteers learned more about the effects of trash on the environment and sea animals. Volunteers then set out on kayaks to pick up trash along the riverside that are inaccessible to cleaners.

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Champion: Mr Joseph Soh (Science ’01)

In partnership with Clubzoom.org.sg, Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and Northlight School, volunteers helped to engage disadvantaged children with athletic activities, such as Running, Jumping and Throwing Events.

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Champion: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Alumni Singapore Chapter

Over 60 alumni and students from LKYSPP went out in force to the Concern & Care Society where they joined over 50 elderly residents in their morning exercise, and distributed grocery bags filled with donated food, drinks and other essential food items.

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Champion: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Alumni Thailand Chapter

Alumni from LKYSPP Thailand Chapter visited the orphanage located in the Nonthaburi province. Besides cash donation, alumni also brought with them useful home supplies, as well as food and clothes for babies and toddlers. These donations will benefit around 150 babies at the orphange.

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Champion: NUS Students' Union (NUSSU)

Young tech savvy volunteers at this technology event taught seniors how to use their smartphones; and helped them to practise what they have learnt through a series of games.

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Champion: Dr Toh Tai Chong (Science ’14)

Volunteer divers participanted in this cleanup by diving around Lazarus Island to collect and document trash in our waters. The data collected will contribute to global efforts to combat marine debris.

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Champion: Mr McRhon Banderlipe (Public Policy ’13)

This activity aimed to promote mental health awareness to our community. Volunteers learned about the mental health situation in Singapore, and provided company to patients at the Institute of Mental Health, and engaged them with games.

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Champion: NUS Pharmaceutical Society

The Medical Adherence Carnival was held at NTUC Health SilverACE Centre (Taman Jurong). The aim of this event was to educate the elderly about the importance of medication adherence, as well as more information about the 3 common chronic diseases in Singapore – diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. 30 students were involved in conducting 5 different stations at the carnival, which reached out to 40 elderly.

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Champion: NUS Community Service Club (CSC)

With the sponsorship from Central Singapore CDC's Purple Outing Fund and NUS CSC, MINDSville@Napiri brought 35 beneficiaries with intellectual disabilities on a day trip to Singapore Zoo. Many of the beneficiaries have not visited the zoo for years, and it was a day filled with excitement, awe and lots of fun, accompanied by 40 NUS volunteers.

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Champion: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM)

Volunteers brought cheer and encouragement to patients at the National University Hospital with their singing and musical performances.

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Champion: Ridge View Residential College (RVRC)

About 40 members of the public joined 28 RVRC and other NUS friends to plant 101 trees. The RVRC family bonded over the hard work - the soil was thin and the changkul often struck big rocks that were abandoned from previous human use. The team planted several legume trees, in hope that these would improve soil conditions over time. These include familiar species such as the Petai Tree (Parkia speciosa) which produces the stink beans as well as the Changi Tree (Sindora wallichi ). One more step towards restoring our forests!

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Champion: Office of Student Affairs

At this carnival organised by OSA, the seniors at NTUC Health SilverACE enjoyed a variety of activities accompanied by OSA Volunteers.

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Champion: Prince Georges Park Residences (PGPR)

PGPR residents showed their appreciation to the PGPR maintenance, housekeeping and security teams with an appreciation lunch. They also prepared goodies bags, as well as designed and made thank you notes and cards for the teams.

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Champion: College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT)

Together with student volunteers from CAPT, children and their families from DAS (Dyslexia Association Singapore) enjoyed reading and interacting with furry friends from SOSD (Save Our Street Dogs).

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Champion: College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT)

Students from the College of Alice & Peter Tan, together with volunteers, reconstituted used bar soaps from hotels for distribution to migrant workers in Singapore.

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Champion: King Edward VII Hall

Due to immobility or disabilities, our vulnerable elderly may have trouble keeping their homes clear of clutter and hazards. Some of these homes were treated to a spring cleaning by volunteers from King Edward VII Hall, to improve their safety and sanitation.

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Champion: Dr Wu Yajun, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Dr Wu Yajun, a certified TCM Physician with more than 10 years of TCM clinical experinces, educated attendees on how to prolong their vision health, including exercises that can help.

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Champion: Dr Dinesh Gunasekeran (Medicine ’18)

This health education roadshow aimed to promote awareness on the importance of eye screening for good vision health, and to encourage greater social support for those suffering from the Glaucoma. Attendees were also introduced to a free Augmented Reality (AR) game, EyeCU, which helped them to learn more about Glaucoma in an interesting and engaging manner.

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Champion: University Campus Infrastructure (UCI)

Through this caring initiative, volunteers reached out to disadvantaged residents living in the rental blocks at Taman Jurong estate with activities such as Grocery Distribution, Home Improvement and a Terrarium Workshop.

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Champion: NUS Senior Alumni

NUS Senior Alumni members brought cheer to and interacted with the patients at the Home. Student group NUS Dance Synergy also entertained the patients with an interactive dance performance.

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Champion: Office of Human Resources

Volunteers from Office of Human Resources accompanied beneficiaries from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) on a movie and lunch outing at the Singapore Discovery Centre.

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Champion: NUSSU Alumni

Underprivileged children and children with special needs enjoyed an outing and free guided tour of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, led by NUS Students' Union Alumni.

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Champion: Tembusu College

Willing Hearts is a 100% volunteer-based, non-profit organisation that provides 5,000 meals every day to various marginalised individuals in Singapore. Volunteers joined student and staff volunteers from Tembusu College in a variety of tasks such as preparation of ingredients, cooking and packing.

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Champion: University-YMCA National University of Singapore (Uni-Y NUS)

On this NUS Day of Service, volunteers joined this on-going monthly programme that provided residents from Blue Cross Thong Keng Home with the opportunities to participate in a range of indoor and outdoor activities, and excursions to places of interest. The programme helps them to improve their self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and acquire life skills.

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