SCDF’s CD Lionhearters Forum 2013 kicked off to a start on 31 January 2013 at the ITE College East with the theme of, “CD Lionhearters: The EP Ambassadors Within Schools and Beyond”. The Guest of Honour, Associate Professor (A/P) Ho Peng Kee, Chairman of the Home Team Volunteers Network, was warmly welcomed by ITE College East’s Soul Percussion Group. Following that, a group of ITE College East’s students from the discipline of Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound) awed the guests with a Civil Defence-centric laser show, bringing the event to an electrifying start. A/P Ho Peng Kee gave a passionate opening address on the growth of the CD Lionhearters Club and the vital EP ambassadorial role which the CD Lionhearters could undertake in their respective schools and within the community.
The main highlight of the forum was the presentation of various awards to recognise the efforts of outstanding CD Lionhearters. The “City Gas – CD Lionhearters Study Bursary Award 2013” was presented by Mr Tan Kok Soon, Vice President (Production) of City Gas, to 10 deserving CD Lionhearters from the five clubs – Singapore Polytechnic, ITE College East, ITE College West, Temasek Polytechnic and ITE College Central – who have shown excellent performance both academically and in the CD Lionhearters Club activities. Following that, SCDF Commissioner, Comr Eric Yap, presented the “Outstanding CD Lionhearters” Testimonials to 10 CD Lionhearters who have been actively involved in the Club. Representatives from the five clubs also presented a tin can to Mr Hassan Ahmad, Chief Executive of the Mercy Relief (MR), as a symbolic gesture of the handing over the funds raised by five clubs in December last year, during MR’s island wide street collection.
Besides acknowledging the contributions of the Lionhearters, the forum also featured a sharing session by guest speaker, Mr Loh Kum Fei, Deputy Director, School of Engineering, ITE College East, who recounted the college’s enriching experience in setting up the CD Lionhearters Club in 2010. In addition, the forum brought together CD Lionhearters from the five clubs and some NCDCC cadet lieutenants in a break out discussion to deliberate on the role of the students in community emergency preparedness. While the CD Lionhearters were having the breakout session, all guests were brought on a tour of the exhibition booths set up by the CD Lionhearters from the ITE College East and ITE College West on their recent Overseas Humanitarian Rebuilding Projects to Indonesia and Philippines respectively. The event came to a meaningful close with a consolidation of points made during the breakout discussion.