PM Lee Hsien Loong opens four new centres under AMKFSC
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the opening of four new centres – Family Services @ Yio Chu Kang, Family Services @ Teck Ghee, Youth Infinity and COMNET Cluster Support – under AMKFSC Community Services (“AMKFSC”) on June 25, 2016 (Saturday) at the multi-purpose hall, located at Block 325A Ang Mo Kio Ave 3.
These centres, supporting families, children, youth and seniors, are based within the community, thus allowing social service practitioners from AMKFSC to better respond to the needs of the residents. The establishment of these four centres have increased accessibility for those who need help.
Dr Vincent Ng, CEO of AMKFSC, said, “Having these centres create higher awareness. When people have troubles, they don’t have to wait until problems become quite serious [to seek help].”
The theme of the opening ceremony was ‘Growing a Caring Community Together’. In his welcome address, Mr Cyril Chua, Chairman of AMKFSC, affirmed the agency’s determination to continue fostering the goto royong spirit among members of the community. He attributed AMKFSC’s growth to the unwavering support from the residents, grassroots, volunteers, as well as donors and corporate partners.
The volunteering efforts of four AMKFSC beneficiaries were also acknowledged during the presentation of the Sparks of the Community awards. This award honours beneficiaries who have overcome life challenges and spread warmth, inspiration and positivity within the community in their own little and different ways.
For example, 14-year-old Muhammad Adam Bin Sequeira Derek Clement, who is a member of Club Infinity, would always discuss with staff at Youth Infinity on how to improve on their programmes, and help to organise activities for other youth.
“I enjoy helping out at Youth Infinity, because it serves as a platform for me to hone my leadership skills,” said the teenager.
Apart from Adam, three other beneficiaries who received the awards were Madam Chong Siew Lian, Madam Ainian Binte Mahmot and Mr Neo Kim Toon.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Lee, who is patron of AMKFSC, acknowledged the agency’s role in supporting and growing an active pool of volunteers, including its beneficiaries, who helped fellow residents in the neighbourhood. He also complimented the four beneficiaries on a job well done.