Metta Welfare Association (MWA) recently celebrated its annual mega, family-bonding charity carnival in the heartlands on 20 March. Gracing the event was Guest-of-Honour, Ms Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC and Advisor to East Coast GRC GROs, who flagged off the 3-km Charity Walk around Simei estate that preceded the carnival. Five Metta School students from the “Healthy Fit Club” kept the adrenalin kicking with an energetic Zumba warm-up prior to the Walk.

After the invigorating walk, participants were greeted by a gastronomic endless array of vegetarian spread from mouth-watering dim sums, vegetarian kong bak paus (braised ‘pork’ buns), curried potato spring rolls, rich and savoury lontongs and laksa, sushi, and many more.

Entertaining the masses were a non-stop programme of stage performances from Metta School’s Lion Dance, Stomp Warriors and Hotsteppers; Compassvale Secondary School; Serangoon Secondary School; Bollywood dance group, Dedancestar; balloon sculpting, and many more! We took the opportunity to award 7 out of our 17 students who graduated from Metta School last year. These students had undergone four modules of ITE Skills Certificate courses in Baking Practices and Hospitality Services. They did well in their Workplace Literacy and ISC courses and are currently studying Nitec Courses in ITE College West.

The Carnival also saw the launch of the new Metta mobile app that was introduced during the event. Explore volunteering opportunities with Metta and be updated on all its future fundraising activities and online news with the new app which shows the various volunteering duties available in Metta’s respective centres.

Making a unique highlight to the Carnival this year is a Sherlock Holmes-style, “Metta Adventure Discovery Trail”. Participants had to hunt around Metta’s premises to uncover answers in order to win a prize in a sure-win lucky dip.

And what is a carnival without a bazaar of good deals from fashionable shoes, bags and costume jewellery, to attractive terrariums, electrical appliances, health food products and many more!

Young kids had a frolicking good time on bouncy castle inflatables, joyride on animal kiddy rides and indulge themselves in challenging Gladiator inflatable and other games!

We would like to also take this opportunity to Thank the following sponsors for making this event a success.