aRWSome Wishes is an initiative to reach out to the community during the festive Christmas period. It started in 2011 with the support of five CDCs where 500 less privileged children penned their Christmas wishes and had them granted by the RWS’ team members. In 2014, children, families and senior citizens, wished for shavers, bicycles and even wheelchairs which the RWS team members granted.
The sixth instalment of aRWSome Wishes on 6 December 2016 brought holiday cheers to 350 special needs and underprivileged children. Our aRWSome volunteers brought the beneficiaries on a guided tour of the S.E.A. Aquarium, including a visit to the interactive Pokémon Research Exhibition, held for the first time outside Japan.
To encourage our guests to play their part for charity, we launched the aRWSome Wishes Charity Drive where we pledged $10 for every ticket purchase to S.E.A. Aquarium and Pokémon Research Exhibition – up to $300,000 – in the month of December. The amount will be channeled to support the Compassvale Bow Adult Disability Home, Singapore’s first specialised home catered for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A key highlight is the gift distribution where the children brought home their favourite Christmas presents comprising exclusive merchandise collectively contributed through donations – over $17,000 – by RWS team members.
The annual aRWSome Wishes on 4 December 2015 brought festive cheers to about 1,400 children beneficiaries and their families. Besides enjoying a preview of Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore, the children also brought home their favourite Christmas presents from a four metre tall Christmas tree stacked with character-themed merchandise from Transformers, Minions and many more. Into its fifth installment, the signature event received great support from various stakeholders this year as they played a part in giving back to the community.
On 18 December 2014, RWS Volunteers shared the RWS "Kampung Spirit" with the elderly at St. Vincent’s Home. The volunteers came early to put up Christmas decorations and readied the home for a festive celebration. Some of the activities included playing bingo and singing classic songs together. At lunch, the volunteers got the chance to interact with the elderly more intimately. At the end of the event, goodie bags with food supplies and daily necessities were given out.
Christmas wishes of the underprivileged kids were adopted by our Team Members, who purchased the gift/s for the kid/s they have settled on.
From sport shoes to school bags, these little gifts brought out big smiles for over 800 aRWSome Wishes recipients in December. The month long Wishes programme ended with a big bang at Telok Blangah Community Centre on 22 Dec where Santa Claus himself and his 32 yellow elfin volunteers were out in force distributing gifts. They were joined by Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry and Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District.