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Bowling over with laughter

What better way to spend your Sunday morning than having fun at bowling and bonding with family?

As soon as she stepped foot into the bowling alley, the eyes of a six-year-old lit up at the scene. She excitedly grabbed the arm of a staff member and said, “I want to play. I can carry the ball. It’s not very heavy.”

Her enthusiasm for the game was evidently presented in the rest of the kids, who chattered non-stop as they waited for their turn to change into suitable footwear.

Sponsored by Murdoch Singapore Alumni Chapter, more than 30 beneficiaries from Sengkang Family Service Centre and Punggol Family Service Centre were treated to a bowling session at SAFRA Punggol on August 28, 2016 (Saturday). The alumni chapter rallied more than 30 volunteers, who interacted and mentored our beneficiaries on how to play the sport, and shared the safety and risks to take note of when playing.

While the adults and older children enjoyed three games of bowling, a lane at the end was specially set aside for the children to play handicapped bowl. For many of them, it was a first experience. It was heartening to see the children’s confidence in the game grow as time went by. When a nine-year-old scored a strike for the first time, she jumped and clapped her hands, as the volunteer watched with pride.

When asked if she had fun, the nine-year-old said, “Yes, and there’s fried rice. I like fried rice.”

At the end of the two-hour session, the top three scoring teams were awarded medals. Murdoch Singapore Alumni Chapter also gifted our adult beneficiaries with NTUC shopping vouchers, while the children received Popular vouchers.

Before the day ended, a surprise birthday celebration was held for everyone born in the months of August and September.

“I’m very happy to have this opportunity to volunteer [with AMKFSC]. It’s been an enjoyable and memorable experience for me,” Murdoch alumnus Miss Shirley said.

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