Be a Builder of Dreams this Festive Season—Make Every Countdown Matter

Talented youths from APSN, AWWA, CPAS, Metta Welfare Association and NAFA expressed their wishes to become a professional drummer, dancer, policeman or artist.


To fulfil their dreams and aspirations, members of the public can pledge their support through the campaigns, as well as, view the artworks projection at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, ArtScience Museum and the Merlion.

Singapore, 26 December 2018 – In partnership with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) presents the Build a Dream initiative, a collective effort to support the disadvantaged in fulfilling their dreams and personal development. As part of the initiative, artworks created by beneficiaries and students from these organisations will be transformed into light projections on Marina Bay’s iconic landmarks – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Merlion and the ArtScience Museum. (See Annex for NVPC’s story, originally published here).

“We are happy to collaborate with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019 to support these beautiful dreams and aspirations of the talented individuals. is proud to be the supporting platform that keeps their dreams and hope alive. At NVPC, we believe that everyone can give. Caring ensue when we give. We like to encourage everyone, to make every countdown matters. To adopt a cause and have a meaningful countdown to usher in 2019. Let’s be a builder of dreams this festival season. ” said Andy Sim, Director, Digital Innovation, NVPC.

Have a Conscious Countdown by Supporting Campaigns and the Beneficiaries

From 26 to 31 December, the façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will be illuminated nightly with artworks by the beneficiaries of the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and the Metta Welfare Association (Metta). Visitors can enjoy the whimsical projection shows at 15-minute intervals between 8pm and 10.30pm from 26 to 30 December 2018, and between 8pm and 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve.


The artworks by the APSN beneficiaries reflect how they view the world and their aspirations for the future. For instance, “My House” (above) is a colourful rendition of 14-year old Muhammad Hasreen Bin Muhd Hasron’s neighbourhood in Ang Mo Kio, and “The Colourful School Bus” (above) by 15-year-old Lee Yang Lian illustrates a school bus that brings his friends to school. Support APSN’s campaign:…


Students and alumni of Metta School, as well as, current resident artists of Arts@Metta also contributed their artworks for the light projections on The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. These include a painting of orchids (above) by 30-year-old Seah Chee Meng, a resident Batik artist at Arts@Metta; as well as “The Eye” (below), a batik painting by 20-year-old Luke Ng, a graduate from Metta School.

Support Metta’s campaign:…


Visitors to Marina Bay can also look forward to light projection shows on the ArtScience Museum from 29 to 31 December between 8pm and 10.30pm, and The Merlion between 8pm and 10.30pm on 29 December 2018, and between 8pm and 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve. The façade of the ArtScience Museum will be lit with projections adapted from artworks by beneficiaries of AWWA and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), while the Merlion will feature artworks created by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Support CPAS’s campaign:… and NAFA’s campaign:… and AWWA’s campaign:…

The light projections on the façades of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, ArtScience Museum and The Merlion are part of the Build a Dream initiative. Members of the public can find out more details about how to donate to the respective welfare organisations and schools via the campaigns here (…).

This festive season, let’s dream big with five inspiring individuals. Head down to Marina Bay to see their artworks light up our city skyline as we welcome the new year.

For media interviews and queries, please contact:

Jessica Chai Pei Shan

NVPC, Lead, Comms and PR

HP: 9823 8554


More information can be found at: campaigns:…




Discover how art has played a special part in the lives of these young ones, through the stories of 5 non-profits

This story is originally published on NVPC website:…, written by Leong Weina from the Marketing team.

Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” and true enough, art in its many forms has given these individuals both comfort and strength to rise above!

This December, join us in our efforts to support the less fortunate and contribute to their personal growth through the Build a Dream campaign, presented in partnership with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019. And through the creativity of these talented youths, we discover more about five non-profits and the impact art has on lives.

1. Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN)

APSN Tanglin School provides opportunities for students with mild intellectual disabilities between 13 to 16 years old, developing their creative talents and building greater confidence through art.

Flowers in the Mountains by Mazla’idah Bte Mazelan

I bring to life characters from my exploration and imagination, filling up sketchbooks and papers in hope of sharing my world with all of you someday!

GOH JING YI BEATRICE Association for Persons with Special Needs

2. Metta Welfare Association

Arts@Metta is a welfare program that is committed to enriching youths with special needs in their artistic endeavours and creating related training-cum-employment opportunities under a sustainable framework.

The Eye by Luke Ng

Nothing stops me from my passion. Through art, I feel relaxed and at peace. YONG QIAO QI Metta Welfare Association

3. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)

With the hope of maximising the functional independence of persons with Cerebral Palsy at every stage of life, CPAS offers them various programmes and workshops.

To be proud by Elaine Eng

Even though my left hand is uncooperative due to triplegia (a type of Cerebral Palsy), I will not let that stop me and have even managed to master a song on the piano! CHAN KA HO Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore


AWWA Special Student Care Centre (SSCC) offers enriching programmes to children with special needs and also provides respite to caregivers, giving them the time and opportunity to be financially viable.

Iconic Singapore Landscape by Students of AWWA SSCC

I enjoy participating in the activities that AWWA Special Student Care Centre organises such as painting, craftwork or playing simple songs on the guitar, xylophone and handbells.


5. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

NAFA is a local arts institution developing the skills of budding artists through their diploma courses. The school supports students who require financial assistance through scholarships and funds.

Colour of Hope by Jordan Bastian Sambada

If it wasn’t because of those scholarships and what I had in NAFA, I wouldn’t be where I am today­.