Shine Youth Festival 2012: Closing Ceremony

Thank you Joshua for the wonderful invite to Shine Youth Festival 2012 – Closing Ceremony at *Scape Warehouse on 26 July 2012. Shine Youth Festival is organised by National Youth Council and youths planning events for the youths.

This event also had an official launch of the new National Youth Council logo and their new tagline: We Hear Youth, Here for Youth.

They also gave out some awards to 3 Stars of Shine 2012 winners and the most popular Stars of Shine 2012 nominee as well as appreciations to their partners such as Omy.sg and sponsors.

SHINE Youth Festival 2012 celebrates the theme of ‘Aspirations’; inspiring youths to dream big and take risks while retaining their own unique attitudes, values and beliefs and translating all these into actions and contributions. I voted of 1 of the winners after reading the stories of the nominees.

1 of the last year’s Star of Shine 2011 winner – Mr Justine Lee De Fu gave out the most popular Stars of Shine 2012 nominee. Mr Justine Lee is currently serving National Service.

I remembered he did appeared on Tuesday report show regarding his special flip flop business – which is buy 1 pair of flip flop and his company – Soule Apparels will donate 1 pair of shoes to the needy children in China.

Ms Choo Pei Ling has won the most popular Stars of Shine 2012 nominee award. She is a physiotherapist, an active environmentalist, a National Youth Achievement Award – Gold Award Holder member, and actively involved in community work. For more information about her, please visit http://shine.nyc.sg/stars-of-shine/nominees/1168-2/

The 3 winners of Stars of Shine 2012 awardees are:

1. Mr Colin Wan Wei Hong, 32 years old

2. Mr Jonathan Ng Jun Hui, 20 years old

3. SARETHKUMAR S/O KUNASILAN, in his 20s

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Colin Wan is a yo-yo business owner & owns a yo yo shop called spinworkz. He is also a World yo-yo champion. People always thought that yo yo is just a simple yo yo but Colin has showed the audience different yo yo moves as there can be many variations & moves made by a simple yo yo.

Colin and his team believe that spinning promotes healthy social exchanges that build self-esteem and confidence through performance and competition. Picking up spinning skills and tricks have helped many youths foster healthy relationships as they exchange tips with their peers and help mentor and encourage others.

For more information about Colin Wan, please visit http://shine.nyc.sg/stars-of-shine/nominees/colin-wan-wei-hong-32-yrs-old/

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I have seen Jonathan Ng performing his magic tricks and his smile and confidence had somehow helped him to be an even more confident person in life while doing community work. He lost his mother at a young age and life was not easy for him when his friend committed suicide, his mother’s death and quitting smoking. It takes quite a lot of courage for people to move on and bounce back stronger and he’s 1 of them.

For more information on Jonathan, please visit http://shine.nyc.sg/stars-of-shine/nominees/jonathan-ng-jun-hui/

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SARETHKUMAR S/O KUNASILAN is a volunteer in SINDA. He shared with people about his story that he lost his father at the young age of 15 years old but instead of wallowing in self-pity, he pressed on and excelled in his studies. The strong-willed boy showed resilience again when he made several attempts and finally got a place in his desired course in polytechnic.

He decided to contribute back by volunteering in 1 of the organisations which accepted him – SINDA & mentor the students.

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They received their awards from the person who nominated them respectively.

I guess regardless of how old we are, we, as youths, should spread more time to do volunteer work & contribute to the society in any way that we can. I did volunteer work and I hope I can do even more to contribute to the society as much as I can.

To me, I learnt many things while doing volunteer work in some organisations. Working with people from different age groups with similar interests and get to know more people as well as building character and managing people and time.

I wanted to contribute, however, due to my busy time schedule with my work and studies and other commitments, it’s different to volunteer on regular basis. I also had my ups and downs too and lost my father this year while coping with my final year project for my studies and my mother does not support me in my decisions made in my life. It was not easy to overcome so many things on my own too. I am glad that I am still alive.

Even Theresa Goh, Yip Pin Siu and Jovin (a few of the Singapore para olympians) had won Stars of Shine awards before. Do not give up even if they have certain disabilities. The para olympians will be taking part in Para Olympics soon. Even Oscar Pistorius (the runner with 2 lower limb prostheses) can even take part in Olympics while running with people who are have feet and it is more difficult to run well with those prostheses.

I guess if people can find ways to help to make a society a better place and motivate people, they can be Stars of Shine too.

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