Yesterday, our family was activated for Comchest Fudai 2019. Kids were kept busy packing and delivering Comchest Fudai 福袋 (公益金 Community Chest). Mobilised once a year, Fudai campaign hopes to bring warmth and necessities to Comchest beneficiaries.
The tagline “送一个福袋, 献一份爱心” is both meaningful and practical. While we are helping others, our kids pickup empathy and charity spirit too.
For the first session, volunteers were activated to pack the goodies into Fudai (festive packs). This took up to 2 hours in the morning.
Half of our family was mobilised, and the other half joined us for the delivery segment.
Packing can be tiring for the little ones, but we try to enjoy the process. Kids would be heartened to know that their efforts will bring warmth and smile to someone else.
Family effort, every bit helps. It is always more meaningful to volunteer together as a family.
Some of the goodies found in the bag.
There are instructions to help us pack in order, this ensure that all items are accounted for and in sequence.
But I guess some folks are too enthusiastic and “anyhow” packed :p
Family effort, every bit helps. 有钱出钱,有力出力.
Thank you Community Chest for the invite. Always proud to see the kids contribute to a good cause 🙂
Our family participated in Safra Swim For Hope last Saturday.
We have NEVER swan so much before!
I did not set any targets for the kids as I was clueless about swim efforts and expectations.
I only set a conservative gauge of between 30 to 50 laps for our family :p
No worry, just swim your best
Swim for Hope is an annual event, we can swim as many laps as possible (and comfortable) within two hours. The objective is to do our little bit for charity.
Two lanes each (to and fro) for different strokes, no butterfly and backstroke. Two swimmers per lane can be a bit tight, I was constantly worried that I would kick someone, or whether I am blocking anyone.
I still do not know whether slow swimmers should keep left or right. Apologies to the 50 swimmers whom I blocked on Saturday, would appreciate if someone can share some tips about swim discipline with me.
Freestyle strokes are more aggressive awesome due to speed and stride, we might not recommend young kids to go to this lane. The experienced swimmers were rushing the kiddos, a lot of PRESSURE haha.
There is a special parent-child lane for family, but our girl wanted to swim with her brothers.
At the end of very 50m lap, you get a rubber band. We heard regular swimmers can easily clocked 80 laps, but we got less lofty ambitions.
Four Safra pools (Toa Payoh, Yishun, Tampines and Jurong), the laps are accumulated over three days from 12 to 14 Oct 2018.
We are all swimming for charity, the more laps we clock, the more we donate 🙂
I am trying to encourage our kids to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Swimming helps them to relax, especially during exam periods.
During the weekly swim lessons, kids just need to enjoy their swim and forget about everything else.
Safra Swim For Hope offers 2 in 1 objective for us.
Enjoy our Swim and Contribute to charity at the same time 🙂
Remember to have Fun
Although every swim slot is two hours, swimmers can rest anytime.
We can replenish lost fluids and calories with isotonic drinks and banana too.
Some feedback from the kids:
-Wei enjoys swimming with a big group, swimming alone is boring
-Kang is happy that our efforts can help with charity
-Yee enjoys the slow relaxing laps, swim lessons are more tiring :p
-Xin is just happy to tag along and swim with siblings, bananas are a treat
Perfect weather, sky had threatened to pour over the weekend but we managed to swim under a cool weather.
We did not swim the entire two hours, we only lasted for 90 minutes. Perhaps kids endurance or concentration lacking, they keep finding excuse to leave the pool for rest and banana :p
Number 1 rule for first timers, swim at your own relax pace. No need to rush nor aim for personal best.
Everyone is tired, but if I can swim extra laps, kids got no excuse not to step up.
They are all stronger swimmers than me!
I lost count of the laps after the fifth U-turn, I just concentrated on completing each lap.
Swimming with many others help us to relax, we are all in the pool for charity.
Different medals from different Safra pools, some folks actually pool-hop to score more finisher medals 🙂
Photo below, our 2 hour slot at Yishun lap-count is additional 2475 laps.
We hope we have contributed a little to the total, SengkangBabies laps tally is 180.
Based on our first swim experience, 50 laps target is attainable for 2019 🙂
Swim for Hope was a meaningful and fun event for us, and we will definitely sign up for future editions .
We are not expert swimmers, but if we can do it, we hope more families and friends can join too.