Adam Ahmad Samdin (15A14) & Abirami Ramesh (15S31)
Abirami Ramesh and Adam Ahmad Samdin both have a deep love for the community. Driven and reflective young people, they dedicated much of their time to better understand the challenges faced by different sectors of society.
Abirami was a valued and committed member of the Interact Club, reaching out to various groups. She made weekly visits to the elderly who were a part of the Elderly Homegroup at the Goodlife! Centre in Marine Parade. She used her skills in organisation to help plan and execute the Pass It On Elderly Carnival in 2016, a platform for the elderly in Marine Parade to bond with one another. She also had a heart for people with special needs, involving herself in the Pair-a-Thon Special Needs Programme in July 2015 and raising funds for beneficiaries under the Youth Corps of the National Youth Council in April 2016. Hoping to bring cheer to patients, she was part of the Ren Ci Hospital Befriending Programme and also planned a Values-in-Action project in collaboration with the HCA Hospice Care, where she and her peers visited patients with life-limiting illnesses. On top of these commitments, Abirami was the Chairperson of the Indian Cultural Society, where she led her members in putting up productions for school and in other cultural forays.
Adam is equally comfortable dealing with adults and peers in both formal and casual settings, displaying a certain gregariousness that endeared him to a wide spectrum of people. These traits served him well during his time as a volunteer at Meet-the-People Sessions where he had to speak with residents and convey their problems to the relevant statuary boards. Like Abirami, Adam also collaborated with his classmates to assist a local community outreach organisation, Goodlife! in organising an interaction session for the elderly. The desire to share ideas also encouraged Adam to participate in SG100 Dream Future, a policy-making programme catered not only for students but also young working adults. Adam led his team through research, conducting interviews and crafting recommendations for future policymaking, and later presented it to a Minister and live audience.
Abirami and Adam have excelled in their chosen fields. We congratulate them on their outstanding results and are humbled by their service to others and their gratitude to VJC for giving them the opportunities to dream big.