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Tote Board volunteers celebrate SG50 with APSN – Tanglin School

About 20 Tote Board staff volunteers were at the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) - Tanglin School in the morning of 6 August to extend a helping hand for the school’s SG50 celebrations as part of the Board’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

The school put up a series of performances to excite the audience, which included students, their parents, and the elderly. The event was graced by guest-of-honour Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information. The highlight of the programme was a mass drumming performance by students using drums made from recycled materials. Tote Board staff volunteers helped the performing students with their makeup and moving the drums on and off stage between performances. The programme went smoothly, with assistance from Tote Board staff volunteers and volunteers from other organisations.

To celebrate the nation's birthday, the audience raised a toast to the country using mocktails specially concocted by the school, fittingly named the SG50 Golden Jubilee Mocktail. The mocktails were prepared by the APSN students and proved to be refreshing to everyone in the audience – a perfect way to cap off the day.

After a good lunch, Tanglin School principal Mrs Liza Ow personally thanked volunteers for their efforts and presented them with tokens of appreciation – specially-made SG50-themed glasses. Mrs Ow also wrote to Tote Board to express her appreciation.

The event was a very meaningful experience. The staff volunteers felt the performances were very heart-warming as it was not easy for students with special needs to come together to put on a performance. It also proved to be an inspiration, with many of the staff volunteers saying that they are now more motivated to continue doing worthwhile CSR activities. The CSR programme adds breadth and depth to Tote Board’s core function in grant-making in supporting social worthy projects, by providing a platform for our staff volunteers to invest their personal time, commitment and resources to do good for society.