Over 120 cameras donated to under-privileged children, more needed

Over 120 cameras donated to under-privileged children, more needed

SINGAPORE - More than 120 cameras have been donated in a three-month drive to benefit under-privileged children in the Marine Parade GRC, but more are needed to reach the target of 200 cameras.

The "Donate Your Old Camera" donation drive was launched on June 4, and has seen over 120 donated cameras, including video cameras, digital still cameras and cameras with interchangeable lens. However, with a shortfall of cameras to reach the target of 200 cameras, the organisers are calling out to members of the public to donate their old cameras.

Every camera will be used to allow one child to participate in upcoming photo outings in the second half of the year. .

"Donate Your Old Camera" donation drive is organised by the The People's Association and Marine Parade Cluster, in line with My Neighbourhood Gems (MNG) CARE programme, which aims to encourage working professionals to give back to the community through photography.

Cameras collected will be given to the children residing in Marine Parade GRC and who are registered with TOUCH Young Arrows - a social service centre that runs a variety of activities for children from lower income families.

About 100 children have received cameras at past photo walk events held in July.

For many of the beneficiaries, including Jason Wong, 8, it will be the first cameras they own. He said:"A new camera is too expensive for my parents to afford. The donated camera comes in handy as it allows me to pursue my passion without giving my parents extra stress. I will be sure take good care of this camera that's given to me."

Among the corporate donors for the initiative is Sony Singapore, which donated 26 Cyber-shot digital cameras. Said a Sony spokesman: "Sony is pleased to be part of this effort to give back to the community. As a strong supporter of the visual arts, we are always on the lookout for such meaningful projects - especially when they involve doing good and helping the less fortunate among us. We know that the cameras we donated will be put to good use."

A retiree Mr Chee Kok Kee, 70, donated two digital cameras and a video camera to the initiative, after reading about the donation drive in the newspaper. He said: "It's for a good cause. One person can't use so many cameras, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to donate them."

Members of the public can donate their cameras at the eleven collection points in Marine Parade GRC. They are Marine Parade CC, Kembangan- Chai Chee CC, Geylang Serai CC, Braddell Heights CC, Macpherson CC, Kampong Ubi CC, Joo Chiat CC, Mounbatten CC, Katong CC, Potong Pasir CC and TOUCH Young Arrows Eunos Club.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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