1,000 model kits for charity sale

1,000 model kits for charity sale
Scale modellers have answered the call for donations from the Manpower Minister, who put up 500 kits from his personal collection. Money from the sale of the kits this weekend will help at-risk youth.

A fund-raiser involving scale models of planes, tanks and soldiers has received a boost in donations.

Less than a week after Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin donated his personal stash of 500 military model sets, other scale-model enthusiasts have chipped in, doubling the contributions to 1,100 sets.

They range from war vehicles to Gundam robot figurines.

In another boost to the Kits for Kids campaign, which is aimed at helping at-risk kids, the money raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government under the Care and Share Movement.

Rae Mok, community partnership manager at Students Care Service, which runs the campaign, said hobbyists and enthusiasts were pitching in "even though it was difficult to part with some kits, which they have kept for 10-20 years", she says.

When contacted by My Paper, the Manpower Minister said: "I am really encouraged by the donors and their generosity."

The kits will go on sale at Kampong Ubi Community Centre this weekend.

Proceeds will go into running services and programmes for students at Students Care Service, a voluntary welfare organisation for at-risk youth and their families.

Organisers hope that scale modellers will see the event as a chance to update their personal stash.

"I also hope that it's an opportunity for friends to gather and catch up," said Mr Tan.

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