Friday, April 06, 2012

Students, foreign workers bond through sports

SINGAPORE: Some students and foreign workers got together early Friday morning for a friendly game of cricket at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

The event, jointly organised by the school and a non-profit organisation, aims to foster community bonding through sports.

Seven students and 40 foreign workers from Bangladesh took to the fields and indulged in a good old fashioned game of cricket.

The students said the interaction was an eye-opening experience.

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student Abhinav said: "From what I know, their working conditions aren't that great, and just to provide some sort of entertainment or enjoyment for them to bond together as a group, it's good for us."

For many of the workers, it was a welcome break as they took part in one of their country's most popular sports.

Foreign worker Juwel Mahmab said: "Six years I stay in Singapore, before I haven't played cricket. Now I play cricket, so now I am happy."

But the activity was not just all fun and games.

HealthServe, a community clinic which provides migrant workers with counselling services and subsidised medical treatment, held talks to increase the workers' awareness of healthcare issues.

HealthServe volunteer doctor Tan Lai Yong said: "We want to use sports, we want to use the games day to talk about care of the back. Many of them carry heavy loads, and also got problems of smoking."

HealthServe said it is looking to collaborate with other schools and organisations to run more of such programmes.

- CNA/wk

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Source From Channel News Asia

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