Amazing Feet for the Massive Feat
The first major effort by youths to form the newly launched Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo with 6000 footwear
Some 12,000 footwear, spanning the size of half a soccer field, were put together to form the newly launched Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) logo, Spirit of Youth. This event, Amazing Feet, is an initiative by Temasek Junior College (TJC) to create action for the Singapore 2010 YOG. Pegged with a charity cause, the donated footwear will be donated to the Salvation Army after the event.
In line with the recent CAN! (Create.Action.Now) event that saw the launch of the Singapore 2010 YOG logo on 10 January 2009, the Amazing Feet calls on youths to play their part for the upcoming Games and create some action. The CAN! event was put together by students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and the Singapore Management University (SMU). “We hope that the spirit of youth ownership and initiation to create action for Singapore 2010 will continue to live on,” said Ms Tee Xin Yi, 22, organizer of the CAN! event.
This amazing feat represented the efforts of youths from TJC who stood up to the challenge of completing it. Building on the spirit of celebration, this event was part of an ongoing carnival by TJC in welcoming the Lunar New Year. To garner sufficient footwear for this initiative, students from the school went to housing areas in Bedok to collect unwanted footwear during their annual Go Green Day. The students were greeted with an overwhelming response from the residents. Since then, they have been sorting through the 12,000 donated footwear from members of the public, based on shape, size and colours for the past two weeks.
The youths, in full strength of 1000, took three hours to construct this intricate logo. The toughest portion in the construction of the Singapore 2010 logo was the Star which symbolises excellence and the pride of representing one’s nation, as the youths rearranged the shoes many times to get the shape right. The event was graced by MP for East Coast GRC, Mr Abdullah Bin Tarmugi, who affixed the final shoe to complete the logo. "This initiative has made all of us more aware of YOG and really does bring out more support for YOG2010," said a second year student at Temasek Junior College.
“It is great to see the entire college community, staff and students alike, working together for a good cause. It also underscores the Temasek spirit of being able to dream big and to achieve that dream with passion, purpose and drive,” said Mrs Loke-Yeo Teck Yong, Principle of Temasek Junior College.