Project R.A.I.S.E., also known as Raising Awareness In Society through Engagement, formerly known as Signature Love Project (SLP) is an annual, recurring special project under NUS Community Service Club which aims to raise funds and awareness for an adopted community member. For the current and future iterations of SLP, we have decided to rename the project as Project R.A.I.S.E. to better reflect the objectives of the project. Project R.A.I.S.E. XVIII is the second iteration since it’s rename.
In previous years and iterations of the project, past project committees had successfully worked with organisations such as Down Syndrome Association (SLPXVI) and Singapore Association for Mental Health (R.A.I.S.E. XVII) . This year, Project R.A.I.S.E XVIII reached out to Guide Dogs Singapore (GDS). GDS is a non-profit organisation that seeks to enhance the quality of life for people with vision impairment through rehabilitation and the use of guide dogs, and help them to integrate into society.
SIGNATURE LOVE PROJECT XV: MELT THE ICE
In its 15th iteration, the SLP XV team collaborated with Parkinson Society Singapore to organise community member visits and fundraising drives for People with Parkinson (PwP).
With the theme 'Melt the Ice', they aimed to raise public awareness on Parkinson through the visits with volunteers, thus melting the ice and bridging the gap between the volunteers and PwP! Similarly, the fundraising roadshows were held in March and May to engage passer-bys with interactive games to boost their awareness as well.
PROJECT R.A.I.S.E. Xix
In its 19th iteration, Project R.A.I.S.E. collaborated with SHINE Children and Youth Services to raise awareness about children and youth living in rental flats, and organised a tie-dye workshop and R.A.I.S.E. roadshow alongside a fundraising campaign. We raised $1731.04 through our efforts in this iteration. The entire amount was donated to SHINE and would be utilised for organising community programmes for the enrichment and betterment of children and youth living in rental flats.
Project R.A.I.S.E. first hosted an empathy workshop with SHINE and the organising committee members to understand more about the children and youth, and their circumstances, to organise future activities accordingly.
With the tagline of ‘Shoot for the stars’, Project R.A.I.S.E. XIX aimed to contribute towards the betterment of the lives of children and youth living in rental flats. We worked with SHINE to raise awareness of the vicious cycle of social mobility through our social media (@nuscsc.raise), and also hosted events such as the Tie Dye workshop where volunteers could interact with these children and youth by making Tie Dye T-shirt and Socks together for merchandise sales as fundraiser initiatives.
Project R.A.I.S.E. XIX also hosted a roadshow wherein we sold Tie Dye merchandise designed by children and youth living in rental flats. We hosted fun games and activities to interact with students and the public to familiarise them with the growing rates of children and youth living in rental flats. The donated amount was raised to SHINE.
HEAR FROM OUR VOLUNTEERS
It has been a fulfilling yet challenging journey in Project R.A.I.S.E. XIX and I’m glad to have great support from my team and SHINE Children and Youth Services. The children and youth are all unique individuals that are creative in different ways during the Tie Dye workshop. Hope we all continue to raise awareness for them and their situations in the future too!