A special thank you that goes a long way

May 24, 2016

In a heartwarming gesture, pre-schoolers from My First Skool thank their domestic helpers as part of May Day celebrations this year.

 Many languages, one meaning: A fellow teacher from the centre drew characters which mean “Thank You” in various languages.

The Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) in collaboration with NTUC First Campus (NFC) launched a Thank-You campaign as part of May Day celebrations on 4 May at My First Skool at Sembawang Shopping Centre. As a part of the campaign, pre-schoolers were involved for the first time where they get to pen down personalised “Thank You” messages for their “aunties”, also known as domestic helpers.

In a heartwarming gesture, the children were first briefed by their teachers about domestic helpers and who they are. They were then each given a “Thank You” card where they pen messages for their “aunties” who look after them.

In the process, the children learnt important values such as empathy, appreciation and graciousness.

Being Thankful:
The children were engaged in a discussion with their teachers about domestic helpers and why it is important to show our appreciation towards them.

 Expressing their love: Children were given time to decorate the cards whichever way they liked to express their gratitude.

A helping hand from parents: Parents joined in to help their children with their art work as well.

We had the privilege of inviting a few parents to bring along their helpers. Parents were invited to join their children in writing/decorating the cards while their “aunties” waited to fetch them home. When the cards were ready, the children presented the cards to their “aunties” who were pleasantly surprised by the gesture!

An unexpected surprise: The “aunties” were pleasantly surprised to receive the handwritten cards with the young ones saying “Thank you for taking care of me, Auntie.”

Following up on this campaign, pre-schoolers at all 141 NTUC First Campus centres will also do their part to participate in this meaningful initiative. As part of the campaign, children with helpers are encouraged to give the cards to their helpers while the rest of the “Thank You” cards will be distributed to domestic workers in our community.

Click here to view CDE’s Facebook Page for more coverage on the event.

Written By:

Razeen Banu
NTUC First Campus Co-operative Limited