An Enchanting Linkamania

By Jane Ong, Red Cross Youth

A children’s song and dance opened the legendary hidden wardrobe where they could escape from a land of pirates and talking animals. Yet, their plans were thwarted by scheming villains. The only way out was to collect magic bits (clover stickers) from 12 enchanted kingdoms so as to retrieve the Fairy Godmother’s magic, defeat the villains and return home.

120 Links, Red Cross Youth members in primary schools, experienced a fairy-tale themed weekend camp at Evergreen Secondary School on 28 and 29 May.

On 28 May, our fellow volunteer instructors put up a skit which plunged the Links into the fictional world of LinkaLand. After the skit, they were separated in groups named after famous Disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Rex, Simba and Captain Pete. They had a funfilled bonding session through the icebreakers to get to know their fellow mentors and groupmates.

Following that, our enthusiastic Links displayed their dancing skills at a mass dance to the song “The Bare Necessities / I Wanna Be Like You” by The Overtones. The groups were tasked to complete 12 challenges around the school. They ran against time to collect as many magic bits as they could by applying their Red Cross knowledge and avoiding the challenges posed by the ‘Jurassic Forest’. This was to prepare them for the ultimate showdown with the Evil Olaf on Linka Night.

As the sun set, all groups made their way to an “abandoned castle”. Linka Night officially started with the arrival of our Guest-of-Honour, Sahari Ani, Director of Red Cross Youth. Donning a Peter Pan costume, Sahari opened Linka Night with an inspiring and motivating speech. With that, Act 3 comprising two games “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and “Don’t Forget to Remember” soon commenced. It was truly a heartwarming sight to see everyone belting out popular songs such as “Let It Go” and “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman” in unity.

Linka Night then ended with another round of mass dance and a special dance performance choreographed by our volunteer instructors. Soon, the Links drifted off to their dreamland.

On 29 May 2016, Links performed 12 different skits as part of the Values-In-Action activity. These skits enabled the Links to showcase the values they learnt and translate their imagination into real-world, daily situations through ValuesIn-Action.

The Guest-of-Honour, Angeline Yong, Head of Red Cross Youth judged the skits. Woody from the Toy Story division emerged the champion as they clearly portrayed their given topic, “Gratitude” in their performance.

The closing ceremony of Linkamania 2016 ended off with a Mass Dance and group photo before we parted ways. It is hoped that the Links will benefit from the newfound friendships, their newly acquired knowledge of the different Red Cross Youth subjects and the important values learnt by being a caring friend, a loving family member and a better individual in the society. Until then, see you in Linkamania 2017!