The Season of Giving is never just about material gifts. There are also brands and companies that use the opportunity to give back to the community through various charitable initiatives. For example: The Body Shop’s yearly Christmas pledge. This year, every Christmas gift you buy from The Body Shop will go towards protecting endangered creatures and restoring one square metre of rainforest.
But if you’re less interested in gifting and more interested in just giving back, then you should take full advantage of the official Singapore Giving Week which is launching tomorrow. Giving Week is an initiative encouraging organisations in Singapore, big and small alike, to support good causes and charitable events.
Between November 29 and December 5, 2016, there are various activities you can take part in! You can support causes like the Singapore Disability Sports Council, local organisations that help the less fortunate, drives to fund education and vocational training centre in villages in Cambodia, care for animals while learning from the SPCA, and a whole lot more. If you like, check out www.givingweek.sg/campaigns for a full list of all the campaigns that are in need of your help.
As it happens, there are four fitness classes you can take during the course of Giving Week that will benefit others and leave you feeling good physically as well!
#1 A sunset pilates workout
Date: Nov 29, 2016
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Venue: Rooftop of the Hive Singapore, 5th floor
Sign up: http://bit.ly/2guAjb6
Atsuko Hussain, a Pilates instructor from Australia National Pilates Training (which is government accredited and certified) will be leading a sunset pilates workout tomorrow. It’s a great class for improving muscle elasticity, joint mobility, body strength and stability. While the class is free of charge, participants are encouraged to donate to SDSC (Singapore Disability Sports Council) where it will help to provide the disadvantaged with an opportunity for physical activities. Donation boxes will be placed around the venue. So you get to boost your physical and mental wellness while helping others!
#2 Charity Yoga with Eat Train Love
Date: Nov 30, 2016
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Sign up: http://bit.ly/2gjl41N
This revitalising Sunrise Flow class is the final instalment in Eat Train Love’s (ETL) Kindness Project. It’s your chance to enjoy a revitalising vinyasa flow class along the Singapore River.
The class is Pay As You Wish, and all proceeds will go towards efforts by EDventure International to develop the Phum Ou Village community library and vocational training centre in Cambodia. Their Team ETL runners will also be visiting the village when they head to Angkor Wat for the International Half Marathon come December. So if you want to get in a good stretch for a good cause, head to the signup link above.
Run by Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach Cheryl Lin, Eat Train Love is a Personal Training, Outdoor Specialist and Nutrition Consultancy that takes a practical, holistic and sustainable approach to health and fitness.
#3 Bootcamp for Books
Date: Dec 3, 2016
Time: 9.30am to 6.30pm
Venue: Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Sign up: http://bit.ly/2fARFyG
Give back with Guava Pass and enjoy a full day of workouts with some of the best studios and trainers in Singapore. It’s just $15 per person per class, and all proceeds go towards Blessings in a Bag and their #BeyondAwesome programme (www.blessingsinabag.co), so sign up and reserve your classes before they’re all full up!
With the Beyond Awesome Programme, students (either from low-income families or youth-at-risk) are given the chance to explore the world around them and discover friendships and their potential in life. The goal of this programme is to nurture and develop each student in their care, so that they leave with the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to be a world-ready individual.
#4 Parkour Movement Intro Workshop
Date: Nov 30, 2016
Time: 7pm to 8pm
Venue: Dhoby Ghaut
Date: Dec 4, 2016
Time: 10am to 11am
Date: Dec 5, 2016
Time: 7pm to 8pm
Venue: Clarke Quay
Sign up: http://superfly.sg/parkour/bookings/
Vaulting over walls or jumping, climbing, rolling, and swinging free-handed without any assistance or tools might sound completely daunting and like something only super young and agile people are capable of doing, but if you’re curious about Parkour, this is your chance. Superfly Monkey Dragons, a progressive parkour freerunning academy and agency, will be offering introductory classes during Giving Week.
The proceeds from these classes will be donated to Seametry Children’s Village in Cambodia, in order to provide and education to the less fortunate children who have been left behind by the mainstream education system. You can find out more about the cause here: https://goo.gl/zi65UY