World Change Agents from Blessings in a Bag and volunteers from the Singapore Kindness movement distributed morning drinks and snacks at Raffles Place, Mandarin Gallery and Dhoby Ghaut Green last 18th-22nd June to herald in One Week of Awesome.
There were different items on each day, sponsored respectively by Boncafe, Mr Bean, Pokka and Numily Creations.
On Saturday 23rd, WCA cyclists converged from various meeting points to a community in Ang Mo Kio, reaching out to needy residents under the care of an outreach programme, giving out Mr Bean soymilk cups, biscuits and other snacks. And on Sunday 24th, One Week of Awesome culminated with treats sponsored by Sogurt, as the public streamed in to bring donations-in-kind listed on the Blessings in a Bag facebook page for its own children’s outreach programs.
Blessings in a Bag is an independent (not-for-profit) project that was born in the hopes of inspiring others to know that we each can make a difference in the lives of others. It partners with established but small & resource-strapped outreach programmes to underprivileged children locally, as well as in the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia.
One Week of Awesome was conceived to celebrate the awesome in smaller things, even simple things like a smile or a warm greeting. The hope was to inspire others to realize that each of us has the potential to give back to those we meet and interact with throughout the day.
“SKM gladly supported the initiative as this was precisely the sort of initiative that we hope will be owned and organized by others,” said Cesar Balota, Associate General Secretary. “And Blessings in a Bag drove One Week of Awesome far more successfully than we ever could, because they did it with the energy & idealism of youth, who just wouldn’t let obstacles & rejections slow them down.”
As Blessings in a Bag founder Emily Teng says, “A setback is a set-up for a comeback.”