Mercy Relief (MR), in collaboration with the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), is organising the inaugural Youth Humanitarian Seminar for youths aged 15 and above. The seminar will be held at the Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium on 18 August (Thursday) from 1.00 –5.45pm.

At last year’s National Day Rally, in his segment The Singapore Spirit (of helping and volunteering), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong emphasised that

“we have to pass this spirit on to the next generation so that they have the same conviction and make the right choices for themselves through the schools but also many other activities — through community involvement, for example… I am very happy that many of our youths are also venturing abroad and they are volunteering in countriesall around us.  They go with community groups, with Mercy Relief…”

This interactive seminar will be the ideal platform for the specialized generalists from MR, active lecturers and students from SP who have been involved in regional humanitarian services, to share their experiences and discuss amongst others the role of Singaporean youths as active and responsible global citizens through the humanitarian conduit; the role of technology in boosting the humanitarian sector, and effective service through volunteer expeditions.

Due to limited capacity, applications will only be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. All applications and payments must be received by 11 August.

Date: 18 August 2011

Venue: Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium

Time: 1.00pm –5.45pm

*Fees: Students ($20); Others ($50) 

(includes tea break, refreshment and full Seminar materials)

Attire: Students (School Uniform); Others (Smart Casual)

*All participants will receive a Humanitarian Souvenir Kit worth $50.

Programme Lineup


Participants to be seated (Entry for latecomers will only be permitted at 1425hrs)
Arrival of G.O.H.

Welcome Address

Video Presentation: Heart of A Lion

Panel Presentation: Singapore’s Role in Regional Disaster Relief and Sustainable Development

Dialogue with G. O. H.: ‘Singaporeans are envied, but are we loved?’

Tea Break and exhibition viewing

G. O. H. takes leave

430pm Break-out SessionsSession 1: Social Innovation: Is High-tech the Appropriate Tech?

Session2: Servant Leadership: Chase Excellence, Success will follow Session 3: Overseas Volunteerism: It’s Good to Feel Bad!Session 4: Disaster Relief: Two Faces of Humanity

Session 5: Student Involvement: Students in Free Enterprise in Action

Distribution of Humanitarian Souvenir Kit to participants

Click here to register.

To register, please complete the attached Form and mail it together with your cheque or personally submit at MR’s office (160 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-1568 Singapore 310160) no later than 11 August 2011.

For enquiries, please contact or dial 6332 6320.

Jointly organised by

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email


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