Sathasivam Krishna Rekha started as a reserved Red Cross Youth (RCY) Cadet in Punggol Secondary School and went on to become a RCY - Singapore Polytechnic Chapter member. As a cadet, she was a trainer for First Aid and the Youth Ambassador Blood Programme, and would also coordinate community service activities that engaged the elderly and youth. Today, Rekha is the District Head of Red Cross Youth’s Member@Districts, and she is in charge of vulnerability mapping, food distribution, and first aid fiestas in her district. Besides receiving her first RCY Vermillion Circles Award for her passion, compassion and professionalism, she represented the Singapore Red Cross at the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s annual youth camp.
Sathasivam Krishna Rekha started her Red Cross journey in 2013 as a Red Cross Youth (RCY) Cadet in Punggol Secondary School. She trained her juniors in foot drills, first-aid knowledge and the Youth Ambassador Blood Programme, and coordinated community service activities such as ‘Project R.I.C.E+’, RCY's annual food donation drive. Her passion for RCY's programmes earned her the Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) Excellence award.
After graduating from secondary school, Rekha continued her humanitarian journey with the Red Cross Youth - Singapore Polytechnic Chapter. In her second year of Polytechnic, she served as Community Service Officer on the Chapter’s Executive Committee, and led a team of individuals in planning monthly community service activities such as beach cleanups, bonding days @ senior centers & first-aid campaigns for primary school students.
After completing her tertiary education, Rekha progressed to the Red Cross Youth’s Member@Districts Committee, where she was appointed District Head. In her new role, Rekha took charge of vulnerability mapping, food distribution, and first aid fiestas in the districts assigned to her. She would plan these RCY events with like-minded volunteers.
2022 was a year of many firsts in Rekha’s Red Cross Journey. She led her first district-level event, and joined an inter-divisional committee for the first time. The experience gave Rekha the opportunity to work with other divisions such as the Uniformed Group and Project Management divisions. Rekha also received her first RCY Vermillion Circles Award for demonstrating passion, professionalism, and compassion.
Rekha achieved another huge milestone in 2022. She represented the Singapore Red Cross overseas for the first time, at the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s annual youth camp, where she interacted and worked with the local cadets and delegates from various countries.
Rekha has spent 10 years with the RCY and her experience has helped her to develop and hone her leadership skills. Once a reserved RCY Cadet in Secondary School, the RCY has empowered Rekha to be the self-assured leader she is today, by developing her strengths and challenging her to step out of her comfort zone. For Rekha, the RCY is not merely a CCA, it is a lifelong journey that helps her to develop good values, character and personal growth.
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