Wednesday, 25 January 2017

UNIYte-d As One

A total of 90 guests comprising Uni-Y NUS, NTU, SMU members, executive committee members, parents, school staff and YMCA staff came together for UNIYte 2017, Uni-Y’s Annual General Meeting on 21 January 2017 at YMCA of Singapore. The Annual General Meeting is a time for members to come together to be aligned with the club’s direction for the new year as they move ahead, united in purpose and mission. Mr Eric Teng, President, Mr Bryan Tan, Honorary Secretary and Mr Lo Chee Wen, General Secretary, YMCA of Singapore graced the occasion. They were joined by Mr Yoshihiro Sueoka, CEO and Mr Hiroyuki Satoh, Executive Director, Osaka YMCA who were in Singapore to join the UNIYte AGM as they wanted to find out more about Uni-Y.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Giving her time to build others up

L-R: Ms Chia Ee Han (3rd from left), Mr Wong Fung Shing (4th from left) and Mr Tan Jing Qun (5th from left) are the winners of the Volunteer of the Year Award
Five years ago, 31 year old Chia Ee Han pushed the boundaries of her comfort zone and embarked on her first overseas volunteering trip with YMCA International Service Programmes to Cambodia. Since then, she has led three young working adults' and a junior college team to reach out to the overseas community. During the 8 day trip in Cambodia, she spent five days in Unaccompanied Association (UNACAS), a Children's Centre in Lech Wat, Phnom Penh where she taught English to the children and also helped with infrastructural work. The rustic living conditions taught Ee Han to appreciate life better, and inspired her to return as a volunteer leader, leading groups of working adults and students overseas to countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar with an aim to help improve education and infrastructures.