The Singapore Slingers and the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) have partnered up to conduct six sharing session with children between the ages of 10-15 to promote a drug free lifestyle through the SANA Aspire Camp program.
Aspire Camp is a one-day character-building camp that offers students (10–15 years old) opportunities for building self-efficacy, teamwork and leadership. Through an experiential learning approach, students go through team and character building activities, and also learn about the dangers and consequences of drug and inhalant abuse.
Slingers players share with the children at the camps their personal stories and views on why a drug free healthy lifestyle is important.
Along with SANA officials the Slingers players touch on such topics as:
+ Making the informed choice to stay away from drugs
+ Commonly abused drugs in the current society-(description of the drug, street names, negative effects on the body)
+ Friend’s encounters with drugs
+ Legal consequences of drug abuse
+ Strict regulations on drug use in sports
+ Healthy lifestyle – engaging in sports to stay away from drugs
The Singapore Slingers players will be involved in a minimium of six sharing sessions and two basketball clinics with at risk school children from throughout Singapore.
Slingers player Hong Wei Jian believes the program has been beneficial for both the children and all Slingers players that are involved. Wei Jian added, “If we can help make a difference in the life of even one child through these sharing session and that child goes through their life drug free then I believe we have done a great thing”.
About the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)
The Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) is a voluntary welfare organisation registered under The Societies Act on 19 August 1972. It was approved as a charity under The Charities Act on 19 August 1972.
SANA is affiliated to the National Council of Social Service. All outright donations to SANA are tax-exempt.
SANA was first established to assist in the rehabilitation of drug addicts and provide assistance and support wherever necessary. SANA’s association with anti-drug work has made it a household name and it is well recognised in the region as an established anti-drug non-government organisation.
For more information on the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association, you can log on to their website at www.sana.org.sg.