Over 50 of our children beneficiaries and 35 caregivers got a chance to escape on a wild adventure on 11 December – without having to leave their homes. For our inaugural Yellow Brick Road Family Day, we brought the Night Safari to them – virtually.

The families piled into virtual buggies and then they were off, watching the jungle come to life at night, and discovering the secrets of nocturnal animals. They even got a chance to virtually feed Neha, a young female elephant, during the hour-long tour.

They also took in the magic of the Thumbuakar Fire Dance, and were captivated by the impressive fire-based performance.

Many came dressed for the event, donning zebra masks, wolf onesies and animal face paintings in a bid to win the Best Dressed competition. Three families won vouchers, while everyone was gifted with lanyards and pins sponsored by the Mandai Wildlife Group.

Yellow Brick Road is a programme that is held in partnership with Yellow Ribbon Fund. The programme reaches out to primary school-aged children with a parent in prison, and provides casework and counselling, tuition services and family bonding activities. The activities are aimed at improving the children’s cognitive and social-emotional well-being and equipping caregivers with skills to carry out their roles effectively.

Thank you, Mandai Wildlife Group for a night our beneficiaries won’t forget.