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Date [ 2014-05-28, 05:23 ]

Outward Bound Singapore staff give these children an unforgettable treat.

Enjoying a tumble down the slope.

(Singapore=Koreanpress) Benjamin Kim =  Staff of Outward Bound Singapore  swapped outdoor gear for winter wear to give these children fromdisadvantaged backgrounds a special snowy experience!

Jane (not her real name) comes from a low-income family, where her parents earn acombined income of less than $1,000 a month. She has never travelled out of hot and humidSingapore, neither has she seen nor touched snow. Underher current circumstances, theopportunity to experience the wonders of snow is certainly bleak or near impossible.

This May 24thmorning wascertainly unforgettable for Jane and 52 other underprivileged children. They were all given theopportunity to put on cool winter gear and experience sub-zero winter conditions at Snow City, the first permanent indoor snow centre in Singapore.

Besides sliding down the 60m longsnow slope that stands at three stories high, they also tried their hands at making their veryown delicious ice-cream.

These children were accompanied by volunteers from Outward Bound Singapore(OBS), as part of the annual OBS community service day. As an organisation that stronglybelieves in serving and giving back to the community, OBS staffs reach out to variousbeneficiaries every year. Past service includes enabling individuals with intellectualdisabilities to conquer high rope obstacle courses, and busting bed bugs for the low-income
elderly at Toa Payoh.

Following the successful OBS-The Merlion Charity Abseil at Sentosa last year toraise awareness and funds for needy children from Life Community Services Society (LCSS), OBS once again collaborated with LCSS to provide a unique experience forchildren from underprivileged backgrounds.

 LCSS is a registered charity that works withchildren, at-risk youths and their caregivers mainly from dysfunctional families. Most areacademically weak and face family financial issues, while some are emotionally affected as a result of their parents being incarcerated for various reasons.

Lam Moi Kwai, Chief Executive Officer of LCSS, informed “We have a caring community in Singapore. This event is a testament of this attitude. While we progress as anation, it is encouraging to note that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts are alsogaining speed. OBS is a good example of a socially responsible corporate citizen whoregularly gives back to the community. We are very privileged to be adopted as its charity.”

Norazlina Taha, Manager of Community Outreach & Partnership of OBS and organiser of the event, said, “This weekend’s event is entirely voluntary for OBS staff, and Iam proud that an overwhelming 77 staff have chosen to give the children the experience of awinter wonderland with their personal time and funds. We hope to continue this partnershipwith LCSS to create awareness for their cause.”

A one-day winter vacation.

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