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What began as the inaugural Day of Service in 2016 has grown over the years to become NUS Cares – a movement for the NUS community of staff, students and alumni to champion and volunteer in meaningful initiatives for society.

Be part of the movement; find opportunities to give back or share your heartfelt stories with us and inspire the rest of the NUS community to put compassion into action.

Find An Opportunity

Giving Back in Your Way

From looking out for our furry friends and the environment, to befriending needy individuals in your community, there are various ways to care. Join your fellow alumni and the NUS community in making a difference and start giving back today! #NUSCares #OneNUS

Soil prep and tree-planting at Kranji Coastal Nature Park (Oct 2022)
Soil prep and tree-planting at Kranji Coastal Nature Park (Oct 2022)
20 September 2022
Singapore
Registration deadline: 22 October 2022
Soil preparations and tree-planting at Kranji Coastal Nature Park
Soil preparations and tree-planting at Kranji Coastal Nature Park
20 September 2022
Singapore
Registration deadline: 8 October 2022

Going Beyond Compassion

Championing Your Cause

We wish to celebrate our volunteers who have gone above and beyond in caring for the community. Find out more about how our champions of care have gone the extra mile or share your story with us!

NUS BIZAlum keeping East Coast Park clean and green
NUS BIZAlum keeping East Coast Park clean and green

BIZAlum organised a NUS Cares Day on 3 September 2022 to clean up the East Coast beaches. NUS BIZ community; alumni, students, colleagues and friends from other faculties were busy keeping Singapore clean and green! Everyone wanted to give back to society and to meet together for a common goal, which is to make the activity both fun and fulfilling. Even the weather was in sync with our spirit, it was wonderfully bright and sunny that day. Singapore's otters were out and about watching us busy with the job on hand!

MEM Alumni Beach Clean Up
MEM Alumni Beach Clean Up

As part of NUS Cares Day 2022, the NUS Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) Alumni Group organised a beach clean-up event at Pasir Ris Park on 3 Sept. In addition to picking up rubbish, we examined the presence of microplastics to raise the awareness on this issue with the participants.

Public Health Screening 2022
Public Health Screening 2022

Public Health Service (PHS) is an annual health screening project organised by the NUS Medical Society that aims to promote health awareness amongst Singapore’s public. PHS was initiated in 2004 under the NUS Medical Society by a small but passionate group of medical students. From humble beginnings as a simple screening event with only 4 modalities, PHS has grown and matured tremendously to become one of the largest and most comprehensive student-led public health screenings in Singapore. Our flagship health screening is held free of charge and has 3 main components: Health Education, Health Screening and Follow-Up. The annual health screening was held from 20 Aug 2022 (Saturday) to 21 Aug 2022 (Sunday) in Jurong East, at the Canopy @ J-Link. This year, we served over 1000 Singaporeans and Permanent residents and reached out to more than 35,000 people in the community through door-to-door and on-site education. Our event also engaged hundreds of volunteers serving in the community, including passionate student volunteers from various healthcare institutions and healthcare workers.

Complimentary Health Screening for the Unsung Campus Heros
Complimentary Health Screening for the Unsung Campus Heros

Bringing general healthcare services to our unsung campus heroes, University Health Centre (UHC) opened its doors on Saturday, 3 September to bus drivers, cleaners, and landscapers, providing free basic health screening to approximately 20 participants. Through this initiative, UHC intends to make their health our concern, and hopes to raise awareness on the importance of regular screening and maintaining an active lifestyle. Knowing the status of one’s health is important in taking the appropriate measures, and when a disease or condition is discovered through screening, one is able to receive early proper treatment and prevent further complications.

Tree Planting @ Kranji Coastal Nature Park with NUS Toddycats
Tree Planting @ Kranji Coastal Nature Park with NUS Toddycats

On a bright and sunny 3 September 2022 morning, 30 volunteers planted 60 trees as part of their goal to restore and enhance the precious wetlands at Kranji Coastal Nature Park that make up Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. We were joined by NUS President, Prof Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85), NUS Alumni Relations Director, Mr Bernard Toh (Architecture ’84), NUS Cares Chairperson, Mr Ho Junyi (Law and Public Policy ’11). Since November 2020, NUS Toddycats and Friends have been working to support NParks in establishing a coastal forest at Kranji Coastal Nature Park, within the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. This involves digging the grounds to receive the trees, preparing the soil mixtures to be added, topping up the planted holes with leaf litter, watering the trees, and undertaking sapling protection action to remove competing vegetation as well as adding supporting structures to give the newly-planted trees a higher chance of survival. Thanks to the close partnership with the NParks team at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, we are able to do this every fortnight and see the site mature. We were glad to be able to conduct a session on NUS Cares day but the work continues. Do join us. Visit our blog for details and registration links https://toddycats.wordpress.com/

CFG Distributes Meals to Needy Seniors
CFG Distributes Meals to Needy Seniors

In collaboration with TOUCH Community Services, the Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG) delivered 235 dinner bento sets to needy seniors on 18 Jul 2022 via the “Meals on Wheels” initiative. CFG staff were split into 3 zones across Singapore, namely Toa Payoh, Bukit Batok and Jurong, and travelled from home to home, mostly by foot, to deliver meals to home-bound seniors unable to buy or prepare their own food. Volunteers were touched by the sincere smiles and heartfelt gratitude from the seniors, with many volunteers and seniors engaging in warm conversations. Through the course of the day, CFG staff also had the opportunity to bond closer with one another, and were inspired to continue to look for opportunities, whether in small or big ways, to give back to the wider community.

NUS Alumni Yangon at Hnin Si Gone Home for Aged
NUS Alumni Yangon at Hnin Si Gone Home for Aged

As part of the NUS CARES movement 2022, NUS Alumni Yangon made food and monetary donation to 119 elderly people in the Hnin Si Gone Home for Aged located at Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Yangon, Myanmar. The donation amount to 1,300,000 Kyats (SGD$650).

Family day at Dover Park Hospice Day Care Centre
Family day at Dover Park Hospice Day Care Centre

The NUS Society (NUSS) invited low-income families and their loved ones suffering from end-stage diseases for a family day out at the Dover Park Hospice Day Care Centre. Activities include: • Family portrait photo taking. • Soap making. • An essential oils booth. • Two game booths. The patients and families were given a bento lunch box and a care kit bag to bring back home.

Park clean up event by OHR
Park clean up event by OHR

NUS Staff from the Office of Human Resources supported the NUS Cares initiative by participating in a clean-up of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 16 September 2022. A total of 83 staff took part, and we played our part in keeping public spaces clean and moving towards a greener and more sustainable Singapore.

NUS Sing Along Alumni volunteering at All Saints Home (Hougang)
NUS Sing Along Alumni volunteering at All Saints Home (Hougang)

Bright and early on the morning of Saturday, September 3rd, nineteen NUS Alumni Sing-along members arrived at All Saints Home, Hougang to spread joy to the residents. We entertained the residents who were able to join us at the multi-purpose hall with our renditions of English, Malay, Mandarin and Chinese dialect songs. A few sang along while others clapped along. It brought smiles to their faces when familiar tunes were sung. A chicken rice & porridge lunch, favourite dishes of the residents and requested by them, was provided for all 130 residents. 10 kg. of peach & longan cake was served during their tea time. All thanks to the ASA members and friends who had made generous financial contributions to the event. Some residents were so happy that they requested for us to return monthly to sing for them and even requested specific songs, especially Hokien songs. Our rewards were the smiles on the residents’ faces and the opportunity to touch their lives, even for a short while.

CPO & OFN Beach Clean Up
CPO & OFN Beach Clean Up

As part of NUS Cares, a university-wide movement encouraging the NUS community to volunteer, and to bring awareness to the environment by keeping our beaches and park clean, the Office of Finance and Central Procurement Office, together with Deputy President (Administration) Mr Clarence Ti, gathered at Pasir Ris Park on 3 September 2022 for Beach Clean Up. Participants were briefed to pick up macro and microplastics and trash. Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that result from both commercial product development and the breakdown of larger plastics. As a pollutant, microplastic infiltration into the sea can be harmful to the Marine ecosystem, environment and animal health. A total of 75 staff and family members amassed the park’s areas 1-2. Total area is 1,901 m2. By 11am, total of close to 60kg of trash and recyclables were collected.

House cleaning programme for seniors
House cleaning programme for seniors

In partnership with Sathya Sai Social Services, Office of Student Affairs (OSA) staff and alumni together with NUS President, Prof Tan, Director of Office of Alumni Relations, Mr Bernard Toh and Co-Chairman of NUS Alumni Advisory Board, Mr Johnny Tan helped clean the house of elderly residents in Eunos Crescent. Many of the elderly residents live alone, are frail and have medical conditions, impeding their ability to perform daily activities such as cleaning their homes. The volunteers helped to sweep, mop and keep their home sanitized.

Ridge View Residential College's (RVRC) FoRestore Tree-Planting
Ridge View Residential College's (RVRC) FoRestore Tree-Planting

Since 2019, FoRestore, an interest group at RVRC takes care of forest research plots, from tree planting, monitoring to weed suppression activities, as well as looking after a forest plant nursery at RVRC. The interest group organised a forest restoration event on 3 September 2022 with the aim to raise awareness, interest and appreciation on Singapore’s forests through hands-on involvement. RVRC community; alumni, students, colleagues and friends planted a total of 50 trees at Chestnut Nature Park including a few native tree species.

Active Gardening by CDE
Active Gardening by CDE

CDE Cares x Team Nila's Active Gardening organised by the Office of Alumni Relations on 17 September 2022 as part of the NUS Cares initiative. CDE volunteers came together with Team Nila volunteers in managing the active farm at Toa Payoh Sports Hall. CDE volunteers consisting of Alumni, staff and undergraduates spend their Saturday morning harvesting fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits for beneficiaries either the Home or to residents. Nonetheless, it was mutually benefitting experience as CDE volunteers learnt about sustainable farming and the basics of growing vegetables. Read more about the event at https://cde.nus.edu.sg/alumni/alumni-happenings-2/cde-cares/.

OSA Coastal Cleanup at Coney Island
OSA Coastal Cleanup at Coney Island

NUS Office of Student Affairs (OSA) gathered 13 volunteers; staff from OSA and students to Coney Island in the morning of 3rd September to catch the low tide and clean up marine litter that were washed up to the shores. They appreciated the flora and fauna on the island and admired the mangrove trees after picking up litters stuck in between the roots. In total, they collected 15kg worth of marine litter ranging from plastic bottles to shoes and even a sarong!

Edible and Therapeutic Garden Maintenance Programme
Edible and Therapeutic Garden Maintenance Programme

NUS Food, Science and Technology (FST) Department Head, Prof Zhou Weibiao and Deputy Head, Prof Huang Dejian joined 20 FST alumni, staff and students in maintaining the Edible Demonstration Garden and contributing to the completion of the Edible Nature Way Pilot Project, both of which are important green spaces for the community. The Edible Demonstration Garden allows the community to come together to learn about edible gardening and eco-friendly practices, whereas the Edible Nature Way serves to demonstrate the importance of sustainability and promoting a rich biodiversity. FST volunteers helped to weed, prune, fertilise, transplant and harvest the edible plants found in the gardens, all while learning about the unique plants that can be found there!

ReadySetGold Charity Walk
ReadySetGold Charity Walk

It was a beautiful NUS Cares morning on 3rd September as our Raffles Hall community comprising of residents and ex-residents, spent our Saturday morning in Sembawang at Blossom Seeds, a community care organisation that supports seniors to blossom in their golden years by staying active. For our silver-haired beneficiaries, it was a marvelous occasion to enjoy the lively atmosphere with members of community of all ages, whilst we as NUS alumni, students and staff found it heartening to experience the joy of the seniors as we guided them through the walkathon and performances. Minister of Health, Ong Ye Kung also expressed his appreciation for our strong support of the Healthier SG program which is for all Singaporeans to take steps towards better health (https://www.healthiersg.gov.sg/about/). Raffles Hall was represented by Ms Lim Swee Kim, Chairman of Raffles Hall Association; Associate Professor Stella Tan, Master of Raffles Hall along with alumni and residents, and Professor Chen Tsuhan, Deputy President (Research & Technology) joined our RH family on this meaningful community program too. As an alumnus who had a wonderful campus life in Raffles Hall, I will continue to give back by providing volunteering opportunities for our undergraduates to grow wholly and fully. I believe that alumni contribution is essential in this ecosystem because we can provide the network, funding, and mentorship to our undergraduates. We can continue to nurture a kind and respectful society as a simple act of kindness can go a long way in spreading a smile. See Blossom Seeds Ready Set Gold 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI80HZvPBtA

Companionship with Tampines Senior Residents
Companionship with Tampines Senior Residents

In collaboration with Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation and Tampines Residents’ Network, NUS Senior Alumni and NUS Office of Alumni Relations organised The Silver Star Gathering event for 72 senior residents of Tampines on 3 September 2022. It was a morning packed with activities including a leisurely walk around Kampung Senang garden, a sing-along session with English, Chinese, Malay and Indian songs, and a nutritious and delicious plant-based meal. Dr Koh Poh Koon (Medicine '96), Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Sustainability and the Environment, Chairperson of Tampines GRC also made a special appearance to sing with the seniors and distribute gift packs to all the senior residents in attendance. It was a meaningful morning for the 15 NUS Senior Alumni and 9 NUS Office of Alumni Relations staff as we befriended the senior residents and sang beloved classic songs with them.

Registrar Office at the Food Bank Singapore
Registrar Office at the Food Bank Singapore

Registrar’s Office volunteered at Foodbank Singapore. Despite Singapore being a well-off country, there are still pockets of people who struggle to put food on their table daily. Foodbank acquires donated food and makes it available to those in need through a network of member beneficiaries. A team of 12 of us went down on Saturday to help out. Some of us were tasked as road marshals as a car club was helping to distribute food bundles on behalf of Foodbank. The rest of us assisted in loading these food bundles into the cars and vans. We helped Foodbank sort through food donations. Not all donated food items are deemed to be suitable for their beneficiaries. We had to throw out food that was expired or partially used. It helped us empathise more with people who are less fortunate.

Children’s Wishing Well Sports Day
Children’s Wishing Well Sports Day

The NUS Society (NUSS) invited disadvantaged children from Children's Wishing Well to NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House for a fun day of sports and recreation. NUSS created half a day of programme for the 29 children to have fun and gain meaningful exposure through sports and recreation while helping them to discover their sports interests. Every child was given a luncheon buffet and there was a music band performance for them to enjoy.

ORMCares: Kayak ‘N’ Klean & Beach Clean-up
ORMCares: Kayak ‘N’ Klean & Beach Clean-up

In collaboration with PAssion WaVe @ Sembawang, a total of 35 NUS colleagues from the Office of Risk Management and Compliance participated in a meaningful day of education and coastal clean-up on 31 Aug 2022. The participants were split into their activity of choice, either beach clean-up on foot or beach and waterways clean-up on kayak. Although many were drenched in perspiration, we were nevertheless grateful to have spent the morning sweating and bonding with our colleagues while cleaning up the environment. We also had the opportunity to learn and observe the detrimental effects of human actions on the environment. Plastic waste often gets ingested by the smaller fishes who do not know any better. These small fishes could then be eaten by their larger counterparts which could in turn be consumed by us. This causes the presence of microplastics in our blood which could cause health complications. Furthermore, marine life and other wild animals might get trapped by our human waste and lead to their slow death by suffocation or hunger. We learnt that it is important to be mindful of where we can cut down and how we dispose of our waste as part of our social responsibility to ensure this earth will still be as beautiful for the future generations to come. With efficient collaboration and teamwork, ORMC collected trash amounting to a total of 1184 items with a total weight of 148 kg. Some interesting finds include a toilet seat, a teddy bear, and even a car plate and a car battery! Perhaps somewhere, under the waters, lie the rest of the car.​