23th September 2012 - EASB Leo is on the move again, literally! This time, our dedicated Leos stomped the streets of Tampines and raised an estimated S$73,000 for the Lions Befrienders Service Association (LSBA) beneficiaries!
We spoke to the Mr Kelvin Yap, Club President of EASB LEO Club and LIONS scholar who is currently doing his final-year honours degree in business and management programme by EASB – Cardiff Met University.
Together with LSBA and sisters clubs from Ngee Ann and Singapore Raffles City Lions and Leos, the EASB Leo members joint forces to make up a stellar team of 40 odd members and volunteers. Bearing the significant bright yellow vest, the Leos went around public areas and malls of Tampines central inviting donations from passerbys. A little sticker is then worn upon making the contribution.
Be it a small contribution of 50cents or a generous offering of $20, these monies go a long way in the helping the association build a better homes for the needy.
“We do believe that the small initiatives we take to ask for donations will make an impression on people. A small but friendly smile may even determine whether a person would want to take out his or her wallet to donate” said Mr Yap.
Such donations and charity initiatives are not uncommon in Singapore . The Ministry of Education, Singapore , introduced the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) and Service Learning to schools a decade ago with the purpose of introducing students to the notion of volunteerism and to get youths involved and desirous of contributing back to the society.
“I approached a lady. She didn’t want to donate initially. But when she saw the LBSA logo on our cans, she turned around to ask me about my initiative before taking out her purse to donate. Raising awareness plays a part when we ask for donations as people will want to know where their donations are going to”, Mr Yap felt that majority of Singaporeans are willing to ‘give’ as long as they know where and who they are helping.
About Lions Befrienders Service Association ( Singapore ) [LBSA]
Lions Befrienders Service Association (Singapore) [LBSA] is a Voluntary Welfare Organisation which was founded in 1995 by the Lions Clubs of Singapore and a Lions District Project. They are also a registered member with the National Council of Social Service, the local social services sector's umbrella body.