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Stephanie Gascon
Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014

Singapore

Bounce for a higher cause

The New Paper | Stephanie Gascon | Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014

Bouncy: A bossaball trainer executing a move at YOUTHphoria yesterday. The sport combines elements of volleyball and football.

SINGAPORE - Sporty youth at yesterday's YOUTHphoria carnival had more spring in their step.

The bossaball participants played on an inflatable court with a trampoline on each side of the net.

Teams of youth pitted their aerial skills against one another, trying to land their balls on their opponent's side to much laughter and enjoyment, both from the participants and the spectators.

The bossaball game was part of the YOUTHphoria carnival organised by the Singapore Discovery Centre's youth outreach programme.

This year, students from Singapore Polytechnic and ITE College West also helped manage and organise the fair.

There were games, performances, and the finals of the Crossfire Charity Championship (a paintball tournament) and the Youth Entrepreneurs Competition.

There was a charity element as well. Organisers raised S$14,400 for various charities from registration fees and booth sales.

Of this amount, S$7,900 will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which provides school pocket money for children from low-income families.

Other beneficiaries included the Children's Cancer Foundation and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities.

Guest of honour Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Social and Family Development and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, says: "It's wonderful that YOUTHphoria has harnessed the youths' energy, resourcefulness and passion to help more vulnerable segments of Singapore."


This article was first published on JUNE 29, 2014.
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