Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Celebrate NDP with LEGO ®!

By Nur Wahidah, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

For 13 days, more than 500 volunteers worked hard to complete a 12m-by-9m scale of the Marina Bay Floating Platform National Day Parade (NDP) celebrations using tiny pieces of LEGO ®.

NYP volunteers building up the LEGO® model of the Marina Floating Platform

On June 8th 2012, these volunteers from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), *SCAPE, Pathlight School and the Asian Women’s Welfare Association finally completed their model at *SCAPE building along Orchard Link.

The project, “Building a LovingSg”, was initiated by NYP and headed by Chia Meng Chao, 20, a student from NYP’s Diploma of Marketing. The NYP volunteers came from all seven schools – Engineering, Information Technology, Design, Business Management, Health Sciences, Chemical & Life Sciences, and Interactive Media Design.

Not only did they build a model of the Marina Floating Platform, but showcased the National Day Celebrations held there. There was a model of the stage lights, mini-figurines of our President, Commanders and the parade as well. Close to 200,000 LEGO® bricks were used in this project.
This project was such a big one that Meng Chao remembers feeling nervous when he was nominated to be in charge of it.

“I felt nervous as it is indeed a large project. However, with the help from my peers from the Students’ Union, we had  overwhelming support!” he said.

Following the theme of this project, they indeed built a picture of a loving Singapore and captured the colours, joy and excitement that Singaporeans would be displaying on the 9th of August. The project, which started since March, aims to collect at least $200,000 for the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

According to Meng Chao, the highlight of this project was definitely during the last day, when they completed the model and saw the LEGO® structure in its entirety.

“I felt a sense of accomplishment when we saw the platform being completed. However, it is not the end yet as there is still Part 2, which is to sell the mini LEGO® figurines for charity,” he said.

Show your support for this project by donating $5 or more through the NDP Official Site, NDPeeps Facebook Page or at *SCAPE from the 30th June to 5th July 2012.

After you’ve made your donation, you are entitled to customise 2 LEGO ® figurines, which you can place one on the LEGO® model of the Marina Floating Platform.

The different designs you can choose for your figurines

The different customised figurines

If you haven’t already played your part, the LEGO® model of the Marina Floating Platform is now at NYP’s Atrium! Just remember to make a donation of $5 – just like my friends and I did! So head there now and show your support!

This event will only be at NYP until tomorrow. So hurry!


We have raised more than $10,000 in NYP. Thank you for your contributions!
Building a LovingSG can be found at the following locations should you wish to make donations:

30 June to 5 July - *SCAPE
7 July to 8 July - Causeway Point
11 July to 15 July - Compasspoint
20 July to 22 July - Marina Square


Wahidah is a second year student doing her Diploma in Mass Media Management. She is passionate about writing, travel, food and good music. Her idea of a good time is spending an afternoon with a few friends over a cup of hot chocolate, or watching classic films featuring stars like Audrey Hepburn, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews and so on. Her dream is to travel and have a food adventure around the world.

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