• Muhammad Fareez Afiq

Transformers: Rag And Bone 2021

Someone once told me, ‘We rise by lifting others.’

Have you ever wondered what it is like to not afford a single meal? Well, many of us tend to take things for granted but one thing for sure is life is not always easy for everyone.

‘Rag and Bone’ is the first of a two-part event organised by SIM-UOL ‘Transformers’ Committee. They aim to raise funds for their home refurbishment project which will take place later in the work year. The committee recruited the help of 61 volunteers to go door-to-door within the vicinity of Yew Tee to collect recyclables which would be sold and the proceeds will subsequently be used for the home refurbishment project.

On 27th November at 8:30am, the compassionate volunteers gathered in Yew Tee to play their part and give back to the community. Covering an estimated total of 101 blocks and 10,409 units in Yew Tee, the volunteers collected recyclables such as newspapers, clothing and bags. They carried the items down to the void decks of each apartment block before bringing them to the collection points where they would load them onto the collection trucks. Despite the scorching weather, the volunteers managed to cover all the allocated blocks and collected a total of 13,992kg worth of recyclables which equates to a total of $4162.30.

Audrey Hepburn once said, ‘As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.’ In general, the volunteers were delighted they were able to contribute to this charitable event. We would like to thank Transformers as well as the volunteers for all their hard work. With that, ‘Rag and Bone’ 2021 was a success and we look forward to the home refurbishment event!

Lastly, we would like to thank all of the sponsors for this event:

  1. Opto-Pharm

  2. Haw Par Healthcare

  3. Kate’s Catering

  4. Lacin

  5. Gogo Print

Here are some questions from the post-event interview we conducted with the volunteers as well as the committees of Transformers.

Feedback from volunteers:

Q: How do you feel about today’s event?

A: I think today’s event was pretty fulfilling. It is nice knowing that we are giving back to the community and it is a nice touch from SRC Trans to organise this event and involve multiple members from SRC to give back to the community.

Q: Why did you join the event?

A: I used to volunteer outside and do community work but because of the restrictions outside it is quite hard to do this. So, when this opportunity came up I thought it would be a good idea. Since we are in SRC and we are one community, we should all support one another.

Q: What is your favourite part of the event?

A: It is when the people actually remembered the event and then they took the effort to put all the items outside of their house along with the flyer. Especially because we gave out the flyers one month before the event, so the fact that they remembered is a great feeling and a good thing for our event also.

Q: Would you recommend this to your friends? Why?

A: Definitely. I think people nowadays do not really have the initiative to do such events. I think this is a good opportunity to do these events with your friends and people you know to give back to the community.

Feedback from Claire, OIC of Transformers 2021/2022:

Q: What is your favourite part of the event?

A: I think my favourite part was towards the end when I saw the lorry being filled to the brim. This shows that there have been a lot of items collected from the Yew Tee residences and this means more money to fund our home refurbishment events and that we can make a greater impact for those people in the home refurbishment events.

Q: What was the purpose of today’s event? Are there any areas of improvement?

A: Our event’s purpose is to collect recyclables from Yew Tee residences and these recyclables are being used to fund our home refurbishment project and this project is for those who are in need of our help for refurbishing their house such as painting, buying furniture etc. As for areas of improvement, there were a lot more items than we expected and so the lorry was unable to collect all of it at once so they had to go back and forth. This was one of the areas that we should have taken into account of and liaised with the lorry company to send more lorries so that there would not be any disruption between the collection points and lorry.

Feedback from Theron, Progs IC of Transformers 2021/2022:

Q: What are some challenges faced during the planning of the event and how did you overcome them?

A: During the planning of the event we had some difficulty finding the gathering points, collection points and since the government safety measures kept changing we had to keep changing the proposals. We did it and overcame it and Rag and Bone is happening now.

Feedback from Kelvin, EXCO of Transformers 2021/2022:

Q: Any words for your fellow Transformers?

A: Just wanna say that everyone did play a part including Progs for coming up with the whole flow of the event and Marks for the marketing materials, the logo and Spons for liaising with all the sponsors so that we were able to give back to the volunteers that came and helped us today as well as the food. I think everyone is doing a good job and they all put in a lot of effort. So, thank you guys and great job for today.