Team Singapore

Olympic champ gets busy

He dabbled in a bit of golf on Friday, hours after he arrived home from Houston, Texas, where he's been busy studying at university and training, with the world championships scheduled in Budapest next July.

Yesterday, Singapore's swimming superstar Joseph Schooling officially started a busy week when he launched the Watsons Dream Tree initiative, which is aimed at supporting those with dreams and passion to come forward and share with members of the community, and be a force for change.

Members of the public can pen their wishes on tree props set up outside selected Watsons stores.

WISH CAME TRUE: Bryan Liu, 11, one of the five children with life-threatening illnesses from Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore, got his wish fulfilled when he met Joseph Schooling in person at the launch of Watsons Dream Tree Initiative. PHOTO COURTESY OF WATSONS SINGAPORE

Watsons also donated $5,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore (MAWF), a cause supported by the 21-year-old swim sensation, as part of the launch.

Schooling, Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist when he won the 100m butterfly at the Rio Games in August, joined Watsons Singapore to launch the initiative.

Five children, aged nine to 15, from the MAWF were chosen to kick off the initiative ahead of Christmas.

It was a dream come true for the children to meet Schooling, and nine-year-old Raphael Lim, said: "I am very happy to be able to meet Joseph Schooling today. His victory has inspired me to pursue my own hopes and dreams!"

A crowd of around a 100 people turned up to see their hero and Schooling was happy to witness the excitement and enthusiasm.

"Dreams do come true if one believes in them," he said. "I'm blessed and thankful that I can accomplish the things I dreamt of as a little kid. Everyone should have the opportunity to realise their dreams, and I am very happy to be able to work with Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore and Watsons Singapore to help grant wishes of children who are faced with life-threatening illnesses."

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