Seletar Club Golf Fund-Raiser Raises $288,000 for SportCares Foundation

Singapore , 26 Oct 2013

Cheque Presentation

More than 130 golfers took to the greens at the Seletar-SportCares Foundation Fund-Raising 2013 and raised $288,000 for SportCares Foundation - the largest amount raised at a single event since the foundation was launched a year ago as the first recommendation of Vision 2030.

SportCares, an initiative that uses sport as a force for social good, has benefitted the lives of more than 630 underprivileged children and youth through customised programmes and workshops run by professionals.

Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Singapore and the Patron for the SportCares Movement, was the Guest-of-Honour at the event and presented the awards to beneficiaries and volunteers from the Saturday Night Lights football programme as part of the inaugural SportCares Rising Stars Awards.

Launch of Water Lions Kayaking Orientation Programme

The President also witnessed the launch of the latest initiative - Water Lions Kayaking Orientation Programme (Water Lions), supported by SportCares in collaboration with Seletar Country Club and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central.

Starting from January 2014, Seletar Country Club (SCC) will be hosting this new initiative where an estimated 30 students from ITE College Central will receive weekly kayaking lessons.

Each run of the Water Lions programme will be conducted over six weekly sessions. Students will be divided into three groups and will rotate every week to try three different kayaks (pool, sit-on-top boats and sit-in boats) in both controlled (pool) and natural (reservoir) environments. Knowledge and skills imparted include personal health and safety, maneuvering, control and rescue procedures. Games will also be incorporated to inject fun and encourage teamwork.

At the end of six sessions, there will be a four-day Water Sports Camp for the students which will incorporate the One Star Certification Award, introduction to sailing and other activities (bowling, dodgeball, outdoor adventure activities) at SCC. Midway through the block of six sessions, the youth will also be taken on an environmental course with the Waterways Watch Society.

Said Singapore Sports Council (SSC) Deputy Chairman, Cheah Kim Teck, “I would like to thank the members of Seletar Country Club for their generous contribution to the SportCares Foundation through the golf event today. I’m also delighted that Seletar Country Club will be partnering with ITE College Central in this new initiative funded by SportCares. It is a fantastic example of how sport can be used to teach values and life-skills beyond the classroom, as well as show that one can indeed live better through sports.”

Saturday Night Lights

Earlier this year, SportCares launched Saturday Night Lights (SNL), a football programme that provides free coaching and workshops for youth aged 12 to 20 years old. The programme has drawn support from the grassroots and the corporate world.

To date, Saturday Night Lights have benefitted almost 300 youths. The Saturday Night Lights “Rising Stars” Awards were given out tonight to recognise the players who have grown through our training programme as well as the volunteers who have helped them do it.

From its first centre at Jurong Stadium, Saturday Night Lights is set to expand to two more locations in other parts of the island by early of next year.

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