News

Walking Humbly for MethodistWalk 2023

Walking Humbly for MethodistWalk 2023
Walking Humbly for MethodistWalk 2023
The vibrant turnout for MethodistWalk 2023

Students, teachers, parents and alumni of Methodist schools and Methodist church members gathered at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) bright and early on 25 March, a Saturday morning, for MethodistWalk 2023. The return of this biennial fundraising event, following the pandemic-wrought three-year hiatus, was welcomed by more than 4,000 participants. Organised by the Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF), Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing graced this year’s fundraising walk.

Guest-of-Honour Education Minister Chan Chun Sing Interacting with young participants during the MethodistWalk
Guest-of-Honour Education Minister Chan Chun Sing interacting with young participants during the MethodistWalk

Themed “Walk Humbly with God”, a total of $1.087 million* in donations and funds was raised for MethodistWalk 2023. The funds will go towards supporting the work and enrichment programmes in all 15 Methodist schools. In particular, they also help the schools provide the necessary financial assistance and bursaries to needy students. This year, a new initiative to raise additional funds drew more attention and participants—a first-ever Sustainability Bazaar with stalls run by students, selling pre-loved items ranging from apparel to books to sporting equipment.

The Environment Committee at Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) has an annual collection of pre-loved clothes and accessories that are sold at their MGS Thrift Shop, which started two years ago. The genesis of the thrift shop to give pre-loved clothes and accessories a new lease of use was as important as the message the students wished to drive home: the impact of waste generated by fast fashion and consumerism on the environment. This year, they not only brought the MGS Thrift Shop to MethodistWalk 2023, but also got to spread their message and raise funds for a worthy cause.

Sale of our pre-loved items from the MGS stall went very well at the MethodistWalk. We were happy to see students from the different schools browsing through the selection. We had made a conscious effort to select and bring down items that we thought would appeal to our fellow students in the Primary and Secondary schools. We hope that through this initiative, our peers have gotten a deeper appreciation of pre-loved items and found some treasures from our stall to take home!

– Sammi Tee Yang Xin
Sec 2R, Chairperson of the MGS Environment Committee

Walking Humbly for MethodistWalk 2023 B
(Left) Bishop Dr Gordon Wong looking on at how the shell of the gong gong (common sea snail found in the waters surrounding Bintan) has been given a new lease of life as a whistle (Middle) Education Minister Chan Chun Sing speaking with student stall owners at MethodistWalk’s first-ever Sustainability Bazaar (Right) Rev Tay Kay Leong (4th from left) with participants from Kampong Kapor Methodist Church

Geylang Methodist School (Primary) probably had the cleanest stall on the grounds that day—they sold self-made orange peel detergent! Not just these, but also planting kits and gong gong whistles. Run by the Primary 6 student leaders, this activity is part of their community service to the Chen Su Lan Home.

Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) took another slant on sustainability by focusing on recycling. With the help of the Green Captains of the Primary 6 classes, the students decided to share the gift of reading by selling pre-loved and new books donated by fellow students.

The event traditionally sees primary school students complete a 2 km walk while secondary school students manage a 4 km route. Group walks among various alumni friends and church groups are a common, and heartening, sight as well. Kelvin Seah, a small group leader from Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, sums it up well, “We made MethodistWalk a small group event so that we could bond as brothers in Christ and support this worthy cause after the pandemic.”

*Correct at time of publishing

MethodistWalk 2023’s co-sponsors

Aldersgate Methodist Church • Barker Road Methodist Church • Bedok Methodist Church • Cairnhill Methodist Church • Covenant Community Methodist Church • Faith Methodist Church • Holland Village Methodist Church • Toa Payoh Methodist Church • Wesley Methodist Church

Volunteer representatives

Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference • Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) • Red Cross • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

About the Methodist Schools’ Foundation

The Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF) is an Institution of Public Character that was established in 1997 with the following objectives:

  • Construct, maintain and improve the school buildings and facilities of the Methodist schools in Singapore;
  • Purchase educational equipment, teaching aids for the Methodist schools in Singapore; and
  • Provide financial assistance and bursaries to needy students.

For more information on MSF, please visit https://www.methodist.org.sg/what-we-do/methodist-schools-foundation/

Kathrynn Koh is the Communications Executive at MCS Communications Department. / Photos courtesy of Daniel Lie and Kelvin Seah

Menu