Celebrating to help needy kids

More than 1,000 primary school pupils celebrated Children's Day at Universal Studios Singapore yesterday with crafts and performances at an annual event for less-privileged children.

Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin joined the children who are under the Ministry of Education's financial assistance scheme.

Pupils from CHIJ (Kellock) put on a theatre-dance performance and created gift packs with personal notes for their peers, at the event called Children for Children. The event was put together by The Business Times, CHIJ (Kellock), Resorts World Sentosa and The RICE Company, which runs arts training.

A sum of $320,000 was raised for the event, which, after covering the outing, will be shared between two charities that help students from low-income families - The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

Mr Tan said the event was "a good way for young children to start thinking about how they can contribute back to society in different ways."

This article was first published on Oct 3, 2014.
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