Catholic and Muslim students from the Singapore Institute of Management pose for a photo in a flat that they helped to clean. A total of 31 students cleaned the homes of needy and elderly residents in Chai Chee.Catholic and Muslim students from the Singapore Institute of Management pose for a photo in a flat that they helped to clean. A total of 31 students cleaned the homes of needy and elderly residents in Chai Chee.Catholic and Muslim students from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) joined hands recently to clean the homes of needy and elderly people living in the Chai Chee area.

According to the SIM Catholic Society (SIM CS), the Malay Cultural and Muslim Society (SIM MCMS) invited the former to take part in the project, called ProjectGiveback – and on July 5, they got to work.

Twenty-four participants from SIM MCMS and seven from SIM CS cleaned six homes selected by Back2Basics, an organisation that provides basic needs to underprivileged families regardless of race or religion.

Catholic and Muslim participants said they found the joint effort an enriching experience.

SIM CS member Victoria Lim, 21, said that the resident she served needed “compassion and someone to talk to as he lives alone”.
Cleaning and dusting together.Cleaning and dusting together.

“Helping the resident brought joy to his life and I feel that we should have more interfaith bonding activities with MCMS because if it’s one thing that we share in religion, it is the act of helping and loving others,” she said.

SIM MCMS member Syafiqah Syazwani Binte Sunardi shared that “doing this project was indeed an experience that I will never forget. Especially working with Catholic Society makes this experience more enriching and an eye-opener to everyone involved.”

SIM CS member Daryl Stewart, 25, commented, “I made new friends working with MCMS, and shared about our lives in university.”

Prior to cleaning the homes, members of both societies went to their own faith’s places of worship to raise funds to purchase household items for the selected flats.

The Catholic students sold chocolate chip cookies at the  Church of the Risen Christ, while the Muslim students raised funds at three mosques.

By Gabriel Seah

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