Monday, 21 March 2011

Great Believes

Chi Shun : A 19-year-old's solo adventure through Asia for charity

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by Hoe Gim Yau on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:25am
Since the beginning of the year, Chung Chi Shun has been busy preparing for a solo journey through Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. From 22 March to 28 April, Chi Shun will meet the poor young children as he travels through Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Pattaya, Bangkok, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Udim Xia, Dien Bien Phu, Hanoi and Kunming, and do his bit to help alleviate their plight and to raise awareness of their condition.

The money for Chi Shun’s travel expenses comes from his own earnings; after finishing his A Level examinations last year, the 19-year-old alumnus of Victoria Junior College worked at the bakery counter at the Singapore Island Country Club until last month.

To pay for the items that he will be donating to the underprivileged children, Chi Shun has been baking cakes at home to sell to his friends and his teachers from the college. The cakes come in two varieties, coconut and strawberry, and his customers are free to pay as much, or as little, as they want after listening to his explanation of the story behind his enterprise. ‘I learnt some tools of the trade during my stint at the bakery counter,’ said Chi Shun.

So far, Chi Shun has collected about $554 through his bake sales, from the initial capital of about $80. He is considering baking and selling even more cakes to fund his donations.

Chi Shun’s journey through Asia was inspired by the videos of Tim Cope available on YouTube. (See, for example, Tim Cope, a 30-year-old adventurer, writer and film-maker from Australia, has spent about five years travelling in regions of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means.

For his own journey through Asia, Chi Shun has been conducting research to identify charities to visit and work with. He has communicated with some of these organisations to find out how he can help. They include the Saing Sy Centre in the Kampong Thom province under Cambodian Kids Foundation; Tiny Toones, an organisation in Phnom Penh that uses contemporary art forms such as break dancing to engage the youth in healthy activities; the Phayathai Babies Home in Bangkok; and the Pattaya Orphanage.

Chi Shun will be recording video footage of the encounters on his journey and he wants to share the videos after his return to Singapore, before enlisting for National Service in May. He will be documenting his experience on the Web at

On the advice from the teachers at Victoria Junior College, Chi Shun will be seeking funding from various organisations in Singapore to benefit the needy children. If you would like to help Chi Shun in his social enterprise, you can contact him at

‘I am very proud of Chi Shun’s passion for what he believes in, and the extent to which he moves beyond his comfort zone to pursue his dream. He truly exemplifies the Victorian Spirit!’ said Mr Chan Poh Meng, Principal of Victoria Junior College.

Mr David Khoo, Chi Shun’s Civics and History teacher said that he is also ‘unabashedly proud’ of Chi Shun. ‘Honestly, I’m not very surprised. Since the very first class project under the Community Involvement Programme, he has consistently shown compassion, initiative and humility. Where others sympathise silently, Chi Shun acts’, said Mr Khoo. ‘When an exchange student from Germany came to VJC, Chi Shun brought her around for her to experience Singapore’s attractions and to try local fare on his own time and expense. Time and again, I saw him speak out, lead and make sacrifices on behalf of others, all with little desire for attention or praise. His latest enterprise is probably only a glimpse of what this intrepid young man can offer the world.’

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