SINGAPORE – Despite challenges, Singapore’s Red Cross Youth (RCY) stepped up at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and played a key role in keeping Singaporeans safe, said Culture, Community and Youth on Saturday. Minister Edwin Tong said.

They helped distribute meals to frontline workers and wrote messages on care packs to cheer on the elderly.

Speaking at the group’s 70th anniversary celebrations at the Opera Estate Red Cross Campground, Tong said: It was very meaningful. “

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, RCY members also helped spread the importance of vaccination.

“These efforts are a very strong contribution behind today’s numbers, one of the highest in the world in terms of vaccination coverage,” Tong said.

He added that primary and secondary school youth participate in community services, provide first aid at school events, and help raise funds for social causes and social services.

People from higher education institutions spearhead foundational projects such as RICE+, an annual collection and distribution project to provide food and commodities to vulnerable families.

Exposure to this wide range of experiences and causes helps these young people stay grounded and invested in their communities, foster lifelong values, and shape character and growth, Tong said. rice field.

“With increased awareness, today’s youth are investing in their achievements and future, wanting to contribute to building the society of tomorrow.

“I think it’s been very well received. I think the infrastructure, leadership and programs of the Red Cross are a great fit for them,” he added.

On Saturday, RCY also launched the RCY Youth Hub at the campground and Red Cross Junior @ Community, a junior club for children ages 5-9.

The club is open to the public and allows children and their families to experience service learning through monthly activities such as community service, arts and crafts, games and festivals.

The Youth Hub not only provides a safe place for youth, but also allows them to learn more about the Red Cross’ humanitarian initiatives.

Benjamin William, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Red Cross Society, said the RCY, with its 5,000 members, remains flexible and adjusts its activities to keep up with the times.

He said RCY will shift the focus of its curricular activities and programs to include topics such as climate change, sustainability and mental health.

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