3rd April marked our last meeting for the semester, and a new start as the present committee hands over PEACE to a new team!
Joys, outgoing President, first highlighted our achievements for the semester- 3 animal shelter volunteering trips, a puppy mill campaign (talk & road show) in collaboration with Humane Society Singapore as well as fundraising efforts to support the expenditure of the group.
We are happy that our shelter visits had received overwhelming responses from the NUS population. Despite getting all wet and smelly at the shelters, most of them responded that they have enjoyed themselves greatly and would love to volunteer themselves again! Following this, a puppy mill campaign was initiated to highlight the plight of dogs in puppy mills as well as encourage the public to adopt instead of buying, if they are thinking of getting a furry companion. Not forgetting events organized in Semester 1, including our NUS PEACE Animal Welfare Symposium 2012, Welcome Tea and Illegal Ivory Trade Talk with Project WILD, this academic year proved to be a challenging and fruitful one indeed!
We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our staffs advisors, Mr Siva and Dr Stephen, as well as our alumni Keven and Weiling, who have provided us with valuable guidance throughout this period.
Before our meeting ended, the names of the new committee were announced (hearty congratulations, people! :D). We are proud to announce the new committee as below:
President: Chew Meng Yee
Vice-President: Delwen Nah
Secretary/Treasurer: Lynn Ng
Publicity Director: Josy Koh
Vice Publicity Director: Iris Ng
Design Director: Desiree Chaw
The rest of the night was spent mingling and sharing new ideas over pizza.
A note from the present committee;
When we first started off, we were very much on our own. We came together as strangers, just a group of animal lovers wanting to make some change. It wasn’t an easy journey- figuring out what we wanted to do and how to go about it and thankfully we had the guidance of our staff advisors, Mr Siva and Dr Stephen, and many other fellow animal lovers. Two years later, we’ve established ourselves and we’re going strong. We’ve accumulated knowledge and experience in organizing roadshows, movie screenings and symposiums. Cat Café is doing extremely well. To all who have been part of PEACE, kudos! It’s been our pleasure to work alongside each other in the cause for animal welfare. To the incoming committee, we want to encourage you to take PEACE to greater heights. When you face challenges, we hope you remember your passion, your love for animals and keep going. We will be here for you too.
Let’s look forward to the series of new events in the next academic year!:)