SINGAPORE - About 40 girl guides from St. Anthony's Canossian Secondary School took part in a seven-day round-the-island walk late last year and raised $3,500 for St. Joseph's Home, Canossaville Children's Home and the Canossian School (for the Hearing Impaired).

The walk helped to instil in the students Canossian values of having a "can-do" spirit, other-centredness and resilience. Its main purpose was to foster a greater unity among the girl guides and to provide an opportunity for them to reach out to the wider community through service to the less privileged.

The funds were raised by selling silicone wristbands and ribbons to their schoolmates, families and parishioners of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Melissa Chan, one of the guides, said that the overwhelming support was more than enough to motivate them to brave the seven days of rain and shine without anyone muttering a word of complaint.

The walk began at Punggol MRT station and included stops at Lim Chu Kang, Bukit Batok, Sentosa, Changi Coast and eventually back to St. Anthony's Canossian Secondary School in Bedok North Ave 4. â– 

(Written with information from Melissa Chan)

Top left, Happy Walkers: The girl guides of St. Anthony'ss Canossian Secondary School walking along Loyang as part of their route for their Round Island Walk. Top, each guide spent 14 hours in four sessions with the elderly at St. Joseph's Home, helping out at physiotherapy sessions and serving them lunches.

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