30 Apr '12, 7am

Troops sweep into homes with brooms to do their bit for community

Troops sweep into homes with brooms to do their bit for community

(Seated, from left) Third Sergeant Kenneth Tan, 23, and Second-Lieutenant Toh Zu Huai, 22, performing with fellow Guardsmen for the residents of Surya Home. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent The 40 soldiers were decked out in combat fatigues and came from one of Singapore's elite infantry units. But instead of holding rifles or lugging full packs, they were clutching brooms and bins. The men and women from the 1st Guards Battalion were doing their bit for the community by cleaning the Surya Home for mental health patients in Buangkok. After an hour's work, they performed a medley of songs to the appreciative cheers of the 300-plus residents. Background story RAISING AWARENESS 'It's about opening their eyes, making them understand the plight of the less fortunate and better appreciate what they have.' Major Fairoz Hassan, commanding officer of th...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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