Manulife Financial and the Singapore Swimming Association are organising a charity swim on 31 May (Saturday) at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. All proceeds will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. To find out more, check the report out here
The only reason why I am posting this is because I have a lot of respect for what The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund is doing. Basically, the charity works to provide daily pocket money for school-going children of low-income families.
The aim of the Fund is simple: to provide these kids and teens with some daily pocket money to enable them to stay in school and to concentrate on their studies.
There are currently 9,000 beneficiaries of the School Pocket Money Fund. Primary school student beneficiaries get $35 a month ($1.60 a day) while secondary school students get $60 a month ($2 a day).
You and I probably live in more fortunate circumstances and as such, the struggles of the poor are completely alien to us. You may also be wondering what one can possibly buy with just $1.60 or $2. You will be surprised.
I was really disturbed when I found out that sometimes, these students do not even have any money to take a bus to school, buy something to eat at recess or even buy stationary when their supplies run out.
So while the daily amounts these kids are getting from the School Pocket Money Fund may not be much, it will, at least, go some way in helping them to stay on in school and complete their education instead of dropping out, which is important because having a school certificate is a step forward in getting out of the poverty trap.
So, if you are a regular swimmer who wouldn’t mind giving up a Saturday morning to swim laps to raise money for this charity, then do consider taking part in the Manulife Charity Swim. Go to www.swimming.org.sg for more details.
And trust me – your efforts will be even more vital today. Because from what I hear, the poor in Singapore are struggling even more these days because of rising prices, inflation and an economy that is threatening to go wonky.
In fact, I honestly think that the number of families applying for aid not just from the School Pocket Money Fund, but from other volunteer welfare organisations, is going to increase so dramatically this year so as to really shock people and hit home the harsh realities of the present times.
I also firmly believe that the charity will have no choice but to increase the monthly amounts for primary and secondary school kids. Which means that the Fund is going to need a lot more money this year.
So, do your bit for the charity if you can.
If you want to find out more about The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, go to www.straitstimes.com and click on the Fund’s light blue logo at the bottom of the page.
Yours in Sport
Singapore Sports Fan