In January 2008, a group of first year students from the Singapore Management University (SMU) embarked on an Animal Welfare Awareness Programme as their community service project. With the objective of creating awareness of animal abuse and responsible pet ownership among young children, the students worked closely with the SPCA in their planning process. With guidance from the SPCA, the SMU students organised a one-day event at CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) on 25 Feb 2008, which included the following activities:
- An exhibition to create awareness
- A presentation/talk about the care of animals and the SPCA
- A postcard design competition with an animal welfare theme
- An animal ambassador programme to extend the programme's outreach
The winning ostcard design was printed by the students and distributed to the public. The ambassador programme, designed by the SMU students, encouraged the girls to become ambassadors for animal welfare by spreading the word about what they have learnt from this programme.
The event was a hit with the students! The girls gathered at the exhibition boards, enthusiastically writing animal dedications to be put up. They were saddened by photos of abused animals. The response to the talk was overwhelming as well, with the students clamouring to answer questions and win prizes sponsored by the SPCA. Many of them rushed forward to register for the ambassador programme.
The outcome was incredibly uplifting for the SMU students and doing their part to help the animals could not have been any more fulfilling!