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Activities

REGULAR ACTIVITIES 

Monthly Ration Distribution and Home Cleaning

Our monthly ration distribution and home cleaning exercise which was kicked off in April 2010 has seen a regular group of volunteers who come forward monthly to help distribute the rations to the homes of the beneficiaries and clean some of the homes. The ration distribution exercise is carried out on the first Saturday of the month at10 amat Sunlove, and all are welcome to volunteer.

 

Donation of Household Needs

Many members of our community have also come forward and shown their support by donating various household items generously.  Commit volunteers go down personally to handover some of these items to the beneficiaries.   We would like to thank the donors who have come forward to contribute towards the rations and the household needs.  Click here for the latest “needs list”.

 

Visits to Sthanak

 A group of Sunlove beneficiaries joined us during the Sthanak Reopening Celebrations and since then have been a part of our Mahavir Jayanti and Sangh Jaman celebrations.  They thoroughly enjoy our sumptuous home made Guajarati food and the warm welcome and love that they receive during these visits.

 

Collection of Used Greeting Cards and Old Eyeglasses

Starting from Sep 2010, during every Sangh Jaman, a small booth is set-up with collection boxes for these 2 items (as well as for cash donations separately), where our members can contribute by bringing along used greeting/invitation cards as well as used & still usable) eyeglasses/sunglasses and dropping them in these boxes (please take note to remove any religious symbols or pictures of god before donating the cards).

Also from April 2012, these collection boxes will also be placed in the Sthanak (lower hall area), so our members can drop off the items at any time convenient as well.

 

These old greeting cards and eyeglasses are then sent to Pharmaplus, a retail pharmacy at Camden Medical Centre.

The cards are recycled and made into gift boxes, sold at $2 with 100% proceeds going to the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). These gift boxes are also sold to our community members during Sangh Jaman to raise funds for SAVH.

The old eyeglasses are sent through Pharmaplus to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are then distributed to the underprivileged in developing countries where they will have a significant impact.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES 

Beach Cleanups

Commit volunteers rendered their support during the beach cleanup organized by the Jainshala.  It was a great way to inculcate the importance of protecting our environment and keeping our shores clean to the young. The second year, the beach cleanup was held for the whole community during the Ahimsa Walk.  It was well received by all.

 

Youth Day Celebrations

YJS organizes annual youth day celebrations with the youths who have their tuition classes at Sunlove on Saturdays.  It is a day filled with fun and games.  They thoroughly enjoy the games organized by YJS and the nail art and henna painting corners are usually a hit with the girls. 

 

Emergency Relief (e.g. Pakistan Flood Relief)

We received an overwhelming response from our members for this initiative.  Over 50kg of rice and flour was collected.  This, together with the other items collected, was sent toPakistantwo days later.  We also managed to raise $1001 for medicine and other items. 

 

PAST ACTIVITIES 

 

  Date Event Details
1. 13/02/2010 Re-opening of Sthanak – Main Event
  • Officially launched the SJRS Community Service (or COMMIT) initiative, and  pledged support to work with Sunlove Home for the year 2010 onwards
  • Presented plaque to Chairman, Sunlove Home (in presence of SM Goh Chok Tong)
  • Invited 20 residents to join in the celebrations
2. 15/02/2010 Re-opening of Sthanak – Cultural Nite
  • Invited 40 residents to attend the SJRS “Journeys” cultural nite (at Republic Poly), and presented ‘goodie bags’ to all
3. 13/02/2010 -16/02/2010 Re-opening of Sthanak
  • Volunteer recruitment exercise
4. 03/04/2010(ongoing monthly, every first Saturday of the month) Ration Distribution
  • Volunteers assisted with packing and distribution of rations to needy households
  • Initiated by contributing 1 toothpaste and 1 cereal pack per household
5. 04/04/2010 Mahavir Jayanti Celebration
  • Invited 60 beneficiaries from Sunlove for lunch
  • Volunteer recruitment exercise
  • Presentation on Commit’s initiative and upcoming activities to the community
7. 15/05/2010 Blood Donation Drive– HSA
  • SMS/Email all volunteers, to meet at Bloodbank@HSA for group blood donation
8. 16/05/2010 Volunteers’ Orientation
  • Feedback and discussions with Commit volunteers
9. 23/05/2010 Beach Cleanup
  • Activity with SJS (Singapore Jain Shala) & YJS (Young Jains of Singapore), atChangiBeacharea
12 07/08/2010 Youth Day Visit
  • Befriended 45 tuition group children
  • Games/Activities by YJS
  • Henna/ Nail Art Corner
  • Clean 10 homes
  • Donated household items and stationery items
  • Served Dinner
  • Goodie Bags
13. 19/09/2010 Sangh Jaman
  • Invited 40 beneficiaries from Sunlove for lunch
  • Collection of food & items for relief forPakistanflood victims
  • Collection of Used greeting cards & spectacles for recycling/donation (continued at every subsequent Sangh Jaman)
14. 22/04/2011 Ahimsa Walk
  • Beach cleanup atEast CoastBeachfor all our members
15. 24/04/2011 Mahavir Jayanti Celebration
  • Invited 40 beneficiaries from Sunlove for lunch
  • Sales of Gift Boxes (made from recycled cards donated previously), with proceeds to SAVH (Society for Visually Handicapped)
16. 17/09/2011 Youth Day Visit
  • Befriended 45 tuition group children
  • Games/Activities by YJS
  • Henna/ Nail Art Corner
  • Donated household items and stationery items
  • Served Dinner
  • Goodie Bags
17. 18/09/2011 Sangh Jaman
  • Invited 40 beneficiaries from Sunlove for lunch
  • Henna/Nail Art done by our volunteers for the beneficiaries
  • All the cooked left-over food after Jaman was packed into large containers, & delivered to Sunlove for the benefit of residents

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