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Help me go home
Project Help Me Go HomeProject Help Me Go Home
Our story of Change from
Crescent Girls’ School, Singapore
Implementation Week: 9th
Zoe Fan, Ada Ong, Geraldine Wong, Jacqueline Gwee
Mentor Teacher : Ms Namita Sarbahi.
About our causeAbout our cause
• During a visit to the
hospital, we were shown a
touching video about how
ventilator assisted patients
spend their last few days in
• We felt sympathy for them.
Since all of us are fit and
able, we would like to do
something to help them
and at the same time,
contribute to the
That's the reason why we
chose to help the Ventilator
Assisted Patients as the
cause for this project!
Going outGoing out • To further understand how we
could give them a helping
hand and do our part, we did
extensive research on the
• We approached Tan Tock
Seng Hospital and learnt more
about their situation from the
• In order to fully understand
how the patients spend their
daily life, we went for a
hospital visit in Tan Tock Seng
Tan Tock Seng HospitalTan Tock Seng Hospital
We visited patients in the Tan Tock Seng Hospital to bring joy to them
Due to privacy and sensitive reasons, photography of the wards was not allowed.
What are Ventilator AssistedWhat are Ventilator Assisted
There are 3 groups of VAIs that are served in the hospital:
• High spinal cord injured patients
• Patients with end-stage neuromuscular disorders
• Terminally ill patients with advance malignancies and/or end stage
VAI patients cannot breathe by themselves.They need breathing equipment, a ventilator, to
help them breathe. Strapped to the machine every day, these patients have to stay on the
hospital beds and are only allowed 4 visitors at a time and only during visiting hours
(according to hospital's policy).
The sad truth is, most hospital-boundVAIs spend the final days of their lives in the hospital.
Many desperately want to go home if the infrastructure exists and more importantly, if they
can afford to.
However, one ventilator machine costs around SGD$12,000-SGD$22,000!
Our team is glad to promote awareness and fundraise for this cause because we are helping
VAI patients to spend their last days at home. Home is where theseVAI patients are at their
most familiar and comfortable environment. Best of all, they are free to meet all their loved
Step 2:Step 2: IIMMAAGGININEE
• We were all very passionate about this project
and came together to brainstorm of fund raising
• We thought of the idea of having street sales of
hand-made straw heart pins to raise funds.
• Next, we applied under the Citi-YMCA Youth for
Causes program, for a seed funding of $1,600.
This would provide us with the necessary
finances needed for the activities we planned.
• Another big project we did was to hold charity car
washes in our own school.
Why street sales and charityWhy street sales and charity
car wash?car wash?
• Street sales is a practical way to raise funds. It enables
us to interact with the public and spread awareness. This
way, we would be able to approach and impact a lot of
people just in one day!
• Holding in-school car wash is another efficient way to
raise funds. We are able to explain to the customer more
about the cause while they are waiting for their cars to be
• In addition to raising money, we spent time to inform
others about the patient’s plight, thus making an impact
Preparation and procedurePreparation and procedure
• We held a folding session with around 140 - 150
students from our own school to fold the straw
heart pins needed for street sales.
• Each straw heart pin was sold for a dollar.
• Every volunteer brought their own basket to sell
the pins in.
Volunteers – How we recruitedVolunteers – How we recruited
We got our friends to ask their friends,
who in turn asked their friends to come
We emailed all the students in our
school using the internal email system
Also, we created a Facebook page (
and an official blog (
http://www.projecthmgh.blogspot.com) to reach out
to more people.
Street sales!Street sales!
• On 8 August 2010,we
organized a street sales in
Northern Singapore, Chua
Chu Kang, with a total of
89 volunteers from various
• Imagine this! If one
around 100 people, a very
realistic figure, 89
volunteers would have
reached out to around
Briefing of the volunteers to tell them about the cause,
and how to sell the pins.
What volunteers said…What volunteers said…
“I think you guys did a good job, and street sales was very fun”
“It teaches me how important even a dollar can make change to
a person's life and that by volunteering/donating, one can help to
make another person's life better” –Sng Kai Lin
“Knowing that we are actually helping someone in need really
warms my heart!” –Natalia Kusumo
“Before this, I have never heard of VAI patients before, but I am
glad to make a difference to them.” –Quek Shu Hui
“At first, I did not really care about these VAI patients but
through this project, I have learnt a lot about them as well as
helped them.” –Grace Yeo
Charity Car Wash! - PreparationCharity Car Wash! - Preparation
• A few days before the car
wash, we distributed flyers
and mass emailed all the
teachers and parents about
• We collected orders from
teachers before the actual
event, to make sure we
would hit our target.
• We purchased cloth,
sponges and car shampoo.
• Our school lent us the
buckets to put the soapy
• On the day itself, our
friends from various
classes came to help us
wash the cars.
• We split them up into wet
and dry teams for more
• Then, we briefed our
friends about how to wash
the cars correctly.
Charity Car Wash!
After the car wash..After the car wash..
• We received a considerable amount of positive
feedback from parents and teachers about the
carwash service we provided:
◦ “My car is sparkly now”
◦ “You clean better than the petrol stations!”
◦ “Will you be here next week, as I would like to come again
to have my car washed”
All of our friends enjoyed washing the cars too!
We are really thankful towards all our volunteers and
classmates who participated in this project with us.
In order to show our appreciation for their help, we
gave them a goodies bag worth around SGD$10 from
And we would also like to thank all our teachers and
friends who were there by our side and gave us
continuous moral support.
Also, Joanna from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, who gave
us immense help and guidance throughout this project.
A very big thank you to…
Raised a total ofRaised a total of SGD$4,643.40SGD$4,643.40
within seven days!within seven days!
• We manage to raise an astounding amount
of SGD$4,643.40 through one street sales
and car wash!
• With the completion of other activities like
additional street sales from May to
September, we raised a total of
SGD$22,774.46 from this whole project.
How we were ‘Changed’How we were ‘Changed’
Throughout this whole project, we have got to know more about ourselves;
our strengths and our weaknesses. In addition to that we became closer
as a team and as friends.
This project gave us a golden opportunity to understand the needs of our
community and to promote volunteerism to the youths in this world,
We have benefitted much from this project. For example, we learnt about
the importance of teamwork, and how to improve on our plans and
ideas to get the most out of it.
We also felt that this whole project has been challenging, yet fulfilling. It
has given us plenty of real-world experience we would otherwise not
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