12 marine explorers, 8 aRWSome Volunteers and 100,000 marine animals

In 2014, as part of RWS’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, RWS Cares is proud to partner the Community Chest of Singapore in the Care & Share Movement. As a lead up to SG50 celebrations, the Care & Share Movement is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest that aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy.

This year’s special edition ComChest Care & Share Charity Show 2014 brings people from diverse backgrounds together to celebrate the spirit of the Care & Share Movement, and will be held at Resorts World Sentosa for the first time. Highlights include performances by popular overseas artistes, such as Wakin Chau, Valen Hsu and Elisa Chan, and MediaCorp Artistes will be performing alongside Community Chest beneficiaries and corporate partners.

Catch the live broadcast on Channel 8 from 7pm to 10pm on 27 July 2014 and donate through the telepoll hotlines below. Under the Care & Share Movement, your donations to Community Chest will be matched $1-to-$1 by the government:

• 1900 112 8808 (S$8 donation)
• 1900 112 8828 (S$28 donation)
• 1900 112 8848 (S$48 donation)
• 1900 112 8888 (S$88 donation)

*Telepoll lines for the charity show are open till 10 August midnight. Each call is subject to S$0.21 administration fee and local call charges. Callers under age 18 should seek parental consent before calling.

As part of the Care & Share Movement, RWS Cares also brought beneficiaries from Rainbow Centre – Margaret Drive School on an experiential journey to S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Island in May. We’ll take you through their experience below.

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The yellow shirt aRWSome Volunteers embarked on another new mission on 26 May 2014. This time, the children from the Rainbow Centre had an afternoon of sun and fun as marine explorers at the S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Island.

Led by marine guide Lee Kiang, our young marine explorers began their journey by venturing through the Strait of Karimata in the S.E.A. Aquarium. They learnt about the wreckage of the Java Sea which became a thriving marine habitat for fishes and corals. Lee Kiang and our aRWSome volunteers guided them further into the ocean where they encountered the giant spider crab and sea jellies at the Ocean Journey.

Our young marine explorers couldn’t take their eyes off the pulsating dances of the sea jellies.
Our young marine explorers couldn’t take their eyes off the pulsating dances of the sea jellies.
“My favourite are the sea jellies, they look so colourful under the lights.” – Chai Peng, 11 years old (right)
“My favourite are the sea jellies, they look so colourful under the lights.” – Chai Peng, 11 years old (right)

Upon reaching the Open Ocean Habitat, many of our young marine explorers were captivated by the diverse collection of marine life there. Our aRWSome volunteers were on hand to point out where the gigantic manta rays or leopard sharks were.

Md Naufal, 11 years old, admires the schools of fishes at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Open Ocean Habitat.
Md Naufal, 11 years old, admires the schools of fishes at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Open Ocean Habitat.
Our aRWSome Volunteer guiding our marine explorer in finding the fast moving fishes.
Our aRWSome Volunteer guiding our marine explorer in finding the fast moving fishes.

The S.E.A. Aquarium tour came to an end at the Ocean Dome, where our young marine explorers not only took a photo with the deep seas divers, but also got to see them feed the marine animals.However, this is not the end of the adventure yet – we’re only halfway through!

After a short break of fruit juices and hotdog buns, the marine explorers headed toward Dolphin Island, which is just a 3-minute walk away. After a simple orientation on general safety rules, both our aRWSome Volunteers and the young marine explorers got into their wet suits and were ready to meet the dolphins.

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“I love it when the dolphins sing” – Desmond Chua, 13 years old

 

Here’s Noah Tan, 13 years old, and our aRWSome volunteer (left) gently patting the dolphin’s fluke, which is its tail.
Here’s Noah Tan, 13 years old, and our aRWSome volunteer (left) gently patting the dolphin’s fluke, which is its tail.

 

“I am very happy because I touched and kissed the dolphin.” – Hassanah, 12 years old
“I am very happy because I touched and kissed the dolphin.” – Hassanah, 12 years old

 

When asked if he wants to visit the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin again, Filmer Tan, 13 years old, instantly said “Yes!”
When asked if he wants to visit the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin again, Filmer Tan, 13 years old, instantly said “Yes!”

 

The explorers were given a memorable gift to mark the end of an eye-opening day – a photo of each of them with the dolphins. Their wide smiles were all that the Volunteers needed as thanks for the 3 hours spent guiding the children from Rainbow Centre around.

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