SINGAPORE – A team of six parent volunteers of St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) Junior spent three days preparing 90 tulip pots for sale to students in a one-week effort to raise funds for children with cancer.

Students also bought more than 1,800 tulip stalks which, added to parents’ donations, amounted to $19,354.70 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).

Parent volunteers sold the handmade silk cocoon tulips for $2 each at all the school recesses on Sep 28 and 29, the week of Children’s Day.

The tulip pots came in three sizes – the ‘Mini Tulip Pot’ with six tulip stalks, the ‘Medium Tulip Pot’ with 15 stalks, and the ‘Beary Tulip Pot’ with 20 stalks and a teddy bear. These were given to parents who pledged donations between $50 and $200.

In appreciation for SJI Junior’s support and effort, Karen Wee, Manager of CCF Community Partnership Office presented Certificates of Appreciation to the school and 17 parent volunteers at an award ceremony held Nov 18.

The project titled “Hair for Hope with a TWIST” was part of the school’s Community Involvement Programme, which encourages Josephians to work together in empathy for others.

Last year, 160 Josephians comprising staff and students shaved their heads to raise awareness of childhood cancer in Singapore. The plan to repeat the project this year was shelved due to uncertainties in the H1N1 situation.

(Written with information from Mrs Shannon Lim)

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