On July 12, we broadcast our Freedom 2020 video event. One of the main highlights of this year’s Freedom event was the speech contest we held for the youth. Though we titled it as a “Youth Selfie Contest”, the contest asked participants to send in a 2 minute video where they shared thoughts on the 2020 pandemic and lockdown.

It was fascinating to hear how the younger generation feels about the pandemic and lockdown. Compared to older generations, the lockdown has affected them in much different ways. It has cut into and disrupted their education, their outdoor fun, and their mental health. Instead of relatively carefree days, they have to deal with the constant fear, concern and uncertainty of the current events.

With this contest, we hoped to promote interaction between us and our audience. But more importantly, we also wanted and to give the youth a chance to share their thoughts by showcasing their speaking talents.

We got a lot of wonderful entries. And it was a joy to see such young eloquent speakers who are able to share their thoughts in such a clear and interesting way through their words. The

Third Place Winner

Jasnoor Kalsi, with her speech “Perspective & Struggle”

Her favourite quote is Thomas Jefferson’s words of “If you want something you have never had, you must do something you have never done.”

Second Place Winner

David Ji, with his speech “Darkness”

His favourite quote is “Even in the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself and that is the meaning of inner strength.”

First Place Winner

Kushi Sukhija, with her speech “Perspective & Struggle”

Her favourite quote is from J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and it goes “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

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