On 30th November 2013, Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) and OSIM International Limited, launched the Aquatics Heart and Hope campaign.
Aquatics Heart and Hope includes several thrusts which involves the participation of national athletes from SSA with the objective of giving back to society.
The most prominent activity to date was a donation drive based on the athletes' performances at the 2013 South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar. OSIM pledged $2,000, $1,000 and $500 for each gold, silver and bronze medal.
Our athletes won a total of 12 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze at the SEA Games 2013, raising a total of $44,000 for the NSA and their adopted charity, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, where the funds will be used to benefit underprivileged children.
Beyond SEA Games 2013, Aquatics Heart and Hope have expanded in terms of its scope. We are looking to have national athletes conduct clinics and talks especially to underprivileged kids and youth at risk, impacting sporting values and encouraging them to achieve their own goals in life.
With the proceeds raised via Aquatics Heart and Hope, SSA works with Sportcares, Singapore Disability Sports Council and Special Olympics Singapore amongst other beneficiaries to fund learn to swim programs for the underprivileged. All participants will undergo SSA’s Singapore Swimming Proficiency Award (SSPA) program.
Aquatic sports inculcates teamwork, discipline, motivation, dedication, passion, leadership amongst many values to an individual.
SSA hopes that through this program, it would provide kids who have the HEART to do well in aquatics, and the HOPE that they will be supported throughout their extraordinary journey to achieve their goals of representing their nation in the near future.