SINGAPORE, 15 September, 2013 – The ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’ Program 2013 provided about 200 students from less privileged backgrounds the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop new life skills and be exposed to new ways of thinking through customized workshops. Besides core academic modules, the students were given the opportunity to pursue their interests and passion by taking part in two lifestyle courses of their choice, which were conducted by registered Trainers from the People’s Association (PA). This year’s Program also saw a record number of participants, more than double the number of students compared to last year.
Pravin S/O Chandran was one of 200 students from less privileged backgrounds participating in this year’s ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’. An active and outspoken boy, 15-year-old Pravin shared, “I’ve learnt about teamwork, leadership and also friendship. It was encouraging for me as it was my first time leading a team to complete a task, and it was a great experience.” Likewise, 13-year-old Nurul Hazirah Bte Karim and 14-year-old Lavinia Jade Tay also shared that after attending the Program, they had increased their self-confidence.
Pravin, Hazirah and Lavinia were part of the 200-student cohort at the ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’ Closing Carnival officiated by Guest-of-Honor Grassroots Adviser Ms. Indranee Thurai Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency.
“The Program exemplifies the spirit of ‘a Community with Heart’. It’s heartening to see both the private and public sector coming together with the common goal of wanting to better our community, especially by helping our youths. Ensuring that our children get the right education is critical, as they are our future and we must ensure that they are all given every chance of success. ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’ is a great initiative that gives students from less privileged backgrounds the opportunity to learn and make them believe that they too can make a difference in our society. We definitely hope to see more of these programs in the future,” said Grassroots Adviser Ms. Indranee Thurai Rajah.
Echoing similar sentiments, Mr. Ang Hak Seng, BBM, Chief Executive Director of PA said, “The partnership between PA and Chevron has worked well due to our shared vision to better our community and nurture our young. This year’s program was made more enriching with a customized core workshop and lifestyle courses, designed and conducted by PA Trainers at the Community Clubs. Through these courses, the students not only picked up lifelong skills but were also given the opportunity to pursue their interests. More importantly, they made new friends and supported one another in their quest towards realizing their aspiration and dreams in life.”
Now in its second year, Caltex, a leading energy brand, partnered with PA to support this enrichment program for students from less privileged backgrounds, as identified through PA’s grassroots’ network. The Program was facilitated by the PA Lifeskills and Lifestyle Division, with strong support provided by the grassroots organizations (GROs) at Chua Chu Kang, Geylang Serai, Pasir Ris East, Tanglin-Cairnhill and Woodgrove constituencies.
“The ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’ initiative was first established to support Singapore’s on-going focus on education and assist youths from less privileged backgrounds, giving them a chance at success. Now in its second year, the participating students not only benefitted from a holistic academic program that taught them essential life skills, but also fuelled their passion to aspire to greater things in life, so that they may enjoy their own journey,” said Peng Xiao Fei, Vice President, Asia Pacific Products, Chevron International Pte Ltd.
The closing carnival celebrated the children’s learning journey in achieving their dreams and aspirations in life. These students also shared their experiences and showcased the skills learnt during the Program.
As part of the fund-raising efforts, Caltex donated $2 towards ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’ from every $50 of petrol pumped by its customers, through a donation drive and a PAssion Card promotion. From April to June 2013, a total of $120,000 was raised, a 100 percent increase compared to last year.
Caltex also announced it will continue its partnership with PA on ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids’ in 2014, and will release details closer to the date next year.