5 Jul 2010
In the case of SIWW 2010, many youths in black polo t-shirts could be spotted running around, carrying promotional boards on their backs and helping delegates get to their respective venues all throughout the week.
Of course, with school happening concurrently, these volunteers, mostly from local polytechnics, faced their fair share of sacrifices when signing up to be at the water week.
For Cedric Poon, a recent graduate of Singapore Polytechnic (SP)’s Environment Management and Water Technology course, taking leave from work was required for him to participate for the second year in a row. “I like to be a volunteer and being a PUB volunteer lets me know more people outside of my usual social circles,” he said, “It was quite worth it to take leave because SIWW only happens once a year.”
The opportunity was also a valuable one for fellow volunteer Wu Caishi, who hails from the same course.
The two-time volunteer said, “As a water technology student, it’s necessary for us to know what’s the latest technology. I think it is fun getting to know people and getting to know all the technologies available through the water expo exhibitions.”
Meanwhile, another group of youths were running around from location to location, video cameras and tripods in hand, to capture footage of SIWW’s event, from the conferences held at the Suntec City Convention Centre to SIWW’s fringe events at the Marina Barrage and various schools across the island.
As part of a module, this group of 10 students from SP’s School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology got to be a part of the annual water event.
Said Janielson, one of the team members, “It’s an eye opener for us because usually when we practice (filming) we do it in a studio, but this allowed us to have a feel of what working life is like with waking up early and rushing between events.” He added; “We don’t mind volunteering again next year if time permits. Right now it’s quite close to our assignment due dates but overall it was a great experience.”
Clearly, it is this kind of enthusiasm and participation from youths that will help to get more young people involved in the global and local water cause. For now though, their job is done and they can look forward to the next SIWW.
By Joshua Tan