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Hoping To Heal A Country With JapanAid

Staff, student-athletes and their parents joined hands to raise funds for JapanAid, Singapore Sports School's private fundraising efforts to help rebuild and restore Toryo High School in Miyagi, Japan, which was affected by an earthquake of 8.9 magnitude on 11 March 2011.

The Annual Parents Challenge, an event held to reinforce the bond between the School, student-athletes and their parents, was held on 16 July 2011 in conjunction with JapanAid. The three groups formed teams and faced-off in four friendlies - badminton, bowling, captain's ball and football. Points were awarded for every win and draw. But more importantly, all who participated in the sport events had to "pay" an entry fee and many "paid" more than the minimum sum set as all monies collected was going towards JapanAid. After a morning of fundraising fun, the parents group won the Annual Parents Challenge Shield.

In other parts of the School, student-athletes washed cars and organised carnival games, sold trinkets, bags and drinks.

The finale was the announcement of an auction of memorabilia donated by the School, student-athletes and alumni, at 6 pm. Items such as a Yonex badminton racket signed by SSP alumni badminton players in the Singapore national team - Thng Ting Ting, Gerald Ong and Ngo Yi Chye, a table tennis bat played by Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Women's Singles Silver medallist - alumnus Isabelle Li, a swimming cap worn by alumnus swimmer and Olympian - Tao Li, etc, went for a total of $5,744.

Altogether, more than $30,000 was raised.