The Latest from Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore

It’s been a great year for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Singapore, an organization Anthony S Casey is proud to be a part of.

 

Anthony would like to share the story of Raphael.

Raphael was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but it hasn’t stopped him from being his hyper and active self.  When his Wish Granters discovered his dream about an awesome Nerf War Party, they dreamed up the best wish day ever.

With a lot of encouragement from Raphael’s class teacher and principal, his school hall into an Nerf War Boot Camp.

Complete with obstacle courses, camouflage netting and Nerf guns, the boot camp was actually one big surprise. During a phys. ed class, he was completely taken aback. He walked into the hall; instead of gym class, a nerf war party!

It wasn’t easy, either. The obstacles required jumping, crawling, balancing, throwing and marksmanship training with Nerf guns.

On his Wish Day, Raphael was escorted by a convoy of Land Rovers to his wish party venue. Outfitted in a soldier’s uniform tailored to his size and sporting a beret, Raphael looked very much the part of a soldier defending his country against the “red army”.  Thanks to his Wish Granters Christie, Jonathan and Hao Ren, Land Rover Singapore for the spectacular convoy, and the dozens of volunteers who made the Nerf war party a memorable one for Raphael to cherish.

 

Make-A-Wish reminds you to sign up for the Santa Run this November to fundraise for this great foundation.

Last year over 3,500 runners participated in the event.  If every one of us inspires just 1 other person to join, we could double that number!  5,000 Santas is the goal.

Register now and receive a Santa or Elf t-shirt, designed special for the event. Or, come as a favorite holiday character or tradition, in your most creative Christmas-themed costume. If you win best-dressed you will recieve a four day three night ClubMed Bintan trip for two adults and two children!
All registration and donation proceeds will go towards Make-A-Wish in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Registration ends soon so sign up now here or call 63349474 for more information.

 

Anthony S Casey can’t wait for you to join Make-A-Wish Singapore!

How Future Generations Will Define Philanthropy

Millennials is not always a nice term. People typically think of this generation as a self-centered, lazy, materialistic bunch.

But, millennials are actually a lot more generous than you think.

According to an article in CNBC, millennials are on track to be the next major donors. On average, millennials donate an annual gift of $481 US dollars.

An article from the Case foundation cites that millennials practice philanthropy in the same ways as older generations. But, their underlying motivations are different. Passion, meeting people and enhancing expertise in certain fields now influence this young influential generation to contribute to their society.

The generation of coffee-drinking, small-batch draft beer preferring college-educated courageous young people, or sometimes known as millennials, who are heralding in a new age of giving. Because of this, we need to think of an “appendage” to the existing definition of philanthropy, which reflects new criteria and includes the time spent with the cause, talent one can use to benefit the cause, financial contributions donated for charitable work (even $5 per month), the influence of an individual’s voice advocating and educating others, and the potential to grow one’s network through leveraging personal and professional relationship.

Millennials are happy to participate. It’s good for nonprofits and charities to institute a set of guidelines for volunteers and donors. This way institutions can expect them to work or give within those specific parameters without risking losing your framework. Why turn away something positive and impactful just because it’s not the way you’ve always done things? Remember, millennials don’t “give” to organizations. They support causes. Because this demographic typically spends so much of their social lives on the internet, on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, they have the power to connect with hundreds of people to a cause they’re passionate about.

Nonprofits are now forced to clean up their act and be a little more transparent. This is because millennials demand engagement. These people want to be informed of where their money is going and how they are making an impact. They’d rather stay connected than donate once and forget about it. Stay in touch with these young philanthropists and philanthropy will change forever.

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Football Philanthropists: Cristiano Ronaldo

The football world has many excellent philanthropists, as I detailed in a previous post. Let’s take a look at another great example; a footballer so successful, their star so bright, that their massive contributions are easy to overlook. I’m talking about none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano, despite his sometimes tiring dramatics on the pitch, is an accomplished philanthropist. The son of a gardener, Ronaldo has excelled at football’s highest stages for his current club, Real Madrid. And he has been rewarded handsomely. He takes down around £230,000 a week in salary alone. Add that to his numerous endorsement deals and we are talking about an extremely wealthy individual. To be fair, he has absolutely earned it. Ronaldo’s accomplishments are numerous, both with his teams and as an individual. He was with Manchester United from 2003 to 2009, contributing to 3 league titles, including a double winner when they took the Champions League in 2008. That same season, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or and a laundry list of other accolades. For Real Madrid, he has won La Liga, taken the Copa twice, and most recently personally sealed the Champions League victory in penalties (after a fairly tame 120 minutes of play). Add to that Portugal’s victory in the Europeans Championship this summer and Cristiano has really done it all. But what has he done for the world at large? As it turns out: a lot.

Ronaldo’s philanthropy started early. In 2004, when the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami devastated Indonesia, television cameras captured a child wearing the Portuguese number 7 shirt. The boy has survived for 19 days alone after his family was swept away. After seeing the footage, Cristiano traveled to Aceh, Indonesia to raise money for the rebuilding process.

After his mother battled and beat cancer at a hospital in Madeira, Portugal, Cristiano donated £100,000 to the institution to build a cancer centre. He returned to Madeira in 2010 after floods devasted the area to raise money in a charity football match.

After winning the Golden Boot in 2011, he sold the thing and donated the 1.5 million pound purse to pay for schools in Gaza. In 2013, Cristiano was named Save the Children’s newest Global Artist Ambassador. Recently, he launched an app called CR7Selfie which raises money for Save the Children.

He also joined Drogba and others in FIFA’s “11 against Ebola campaign”.

His latest gesture came after his club’s win in the Champions League in Milan. Cristiano netted the winning penalty, and then (after some celebrations, surely), donated his £600,000 bonus to charity, in its entirety.

Those are just a handful of the ways that Cristiano Ronaldo has given back. It’s no wonder that DoSomething.org named him atop their list of most charitable athletes in 2015.

 

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Children’s Wishing Well

Check out the brand new website from Singapore’s Wishing Well foundation.

Children’s Wishing Well was founded in 2002. Founder Georgie Chung built a team that offered advice to students who lacked family support necessary to succeed.

How to they help today? For example, they provide groceries every month and pocket money for lunch. Grant-A-Wish is their signature program. It helps disadvantaged students with school supplies, healthcare, and basic living needs.

Wishing Well has provided a range of need, such as  eyeglasses, fumigation services, or tennis sneakers. Anything to give a child support and the chance to succeed.

The goal of “When I Grow Up” through the “Career GPS” program, launched this year in 2016, is to show students the roles in societies. These range from teacher, chef, entrepreneur, or computer programmer, to name a few..
The past few months have been hectic for director Georgie Chung. He has been working hard to launch the Career GPS programs.

What exactly is CGPS? CGPS collects students and brings them to different companies to give them a vision of potential careers. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a daunting question, and Wishing Well hopes to make the future a real possibility for these youngsters.

Career GPS exposes students to a variety of industries.Students have seen how a bank operates and how 3D printing machines work. They spoke with a CEO, who before his current role, had to deliver newspapers to when he was young for money. Each visit is interactive, informative and inspiring!

Phase 2 is still undergoing development. The organization will place students with undergrads or corporate partners. wherein they set individual goals and work through programs that incorporate teamwork.

 

See their website: http://www.wishingwell.org.sg/

The Major Leagues of Giving Back

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We love stories of celebrities giving back to the communities that raised them or to the world at large. Bill Gates is an obvious example. The legacy created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation may very well dwarf the legacy of Microsoft. People who made their fortunes in the public have a bit more scrutiny on them to give back. Especially for athletes or movie stars, we look for them to be philanthropic, in part because their fortunes exist thanks to the tickets purchased by fans, either to the cinema or the stadium. Sometimes we are left wanting, but there are plenty of stories of your favorite stars giving back in very significant ways. Let’s take a look at an example of such; when a star has done so much for their community that the rest of the world takes note. I am talking about none other than football star Didier Drogba.

Drogba is a veteran footballer, currently playing for the Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer in North America. However, he is best known as a striker for Chelsea. He played in London for the Blues for 8 years from 2004-2012 (he also signed for a season in 2014). His professional successes include winning the league numerous times, claiming all the cups you could carry, and even a game winner in the Champions League final (sure it was in the penalty shootout, but his equalizer in the dying minutes of the match got them there). And when he was not scoring against Arsenal, Drogba was playing for his homeland — the Ivory Coast.

His connection to the Ivory Coast is where his philanthropy grew from. The Didier Drogba Foundation has donated millions of dollars to projects benefitting children all across Africa. Most famously;

Drogba donated his entire £3 million signing fee from a Pepsi sponsorship to build a hospital his hometown of Abidjan.

Most significant, though, is Drogba’s direct contribution to returning peace to the Ivory Coast. In the mid-2000s, the country was embroiled in a bloody civil war, with violence threatening all Ivorians constantly. At the height of the violence, the White Elephants were trying to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. After a decisive victory, cameras flooded into the locker room to capture the rapturous celebrations from the squad. Presented with this opportunity, Drogba grabbed a microphone, dropped to his knees, and begged for peace. He pleaded for the rebel forces and the government alike to lay down their arms. No more than a week later, a ceasefire was declared.

 

Soon after, Drogba was again able to bring his country closer together. The Ivorian team was set to play Madagascar in an African Nations Cup qualifier. He used his considerable leverage to arrange for the match to be played in Bouake, a northern city in the heart of the rebel’s stronghold. It was the first time a match had been played in the north of the Ivory Coast since the civil war began. Drogba watched on as leaders from both the warring factions stood side by side for the national anthem. In an interview with the Telegraph, Didier said, “I felt then that that the Ivory Coast was born again.”

 

The White Elephants won that match 5-0. Following the landslide victory, government and rebel forces joined in the streets to celebrate. Afterward, the leader of the rebel forces was quoted, “The 5-nil scoreline represents five goals to erase five years of suffering. It would have taken months and even years for my ministry to achieve what Didier Drogba and his teammates have achieved in 90 minutes”

 

It was for these contributions that Time Magazine named Didier Drogba on their list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2010. Many athletes attach their names to civil centers, or donate to charities, but in terms of real-world benefits, few can match the Ivory Coast’s favorite son, Didier Drogba. Similar to Bill Gates, his greatest legacy may not be his professional accomplishments, but rather what those accomplishments allowed him to do.

Generosity while Traveling

When Anthony S Casey was traveling in Bangkok for work, he took some time to give back. Anthony S Casey along with Steve Knabl, COO of Swiss-Asia, took some time out of their busy schedule to make a special trip.

One day, Steve and Anthony jumped into a Uber car. They headed to a big supermarket. Here, they bought a full shopping cart of candy, toys, facepaint, and various games.

Why did they do so?

They were on their way to Baan Nokkamin Orphanage, on the outskirts of the city. When they arrived, they met with the resident director. Here, Anthony and Steve handed out the toys the the children. From teddy bears to footballs, to funny glasses and games, the kids had a blast getting new gifts.

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Baan Nokkamin’s Resident Director

 

They painted the faces of any willing volunteers once the group of kids settled down after the excitement of their new gifts. Both Steve and I donated to the foundation, but the best gift of all was seeing the smiling faces of all the kids now covered in face paint and glitter.

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Anthony and Steve were still covered in glitter when they rushed to the airport, which gave the  airport security quite a laugh!

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Anthony can’t wait to make it back to Bangkok and visit the children of the Baan Nokkamin Orphanage.

The Happy Faces of Baan Nokkamin

Anthony S Casey recently traveled from Singapore to Bangkok for a visit. If you’ve never been, you’ll see a lot of things when you visit the city. You will see the Wat Phra Kaeo glistening in the Grand Palace, you’ll see luxurious goods in department stores in Siam, or maybe you’ll see world-renowned art museums. What you won’t see are the faces of those that have been left behind by the city’s success; underprivileged children; many who are without a home.

One foundation, Baan Nokkamin, developed with the goal to make home a reality for the orphans, homeless children, and children of drug addicts that live in Bangkok.

These children are a consequence of collapse in the family structure and home disputes which parents are incapable of solving. The effects of this collapse trickle down to cause rise to the unfortunate problem of orphans, drug addicts, and subsequent sexual abuse and child labor and criminal activity and social decay. So, Baan Nokkamin is there to relieve these children from this lifestyle and benefit them with positive values? Baan Nokkamin is there to educate children about how to help children achieve a wholesome vision and thus benefit others around them.

How did the orphanage get its start? A Swiss missionary, Mr. Erwin Groebli, met a group of street children in Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok Metropolis in the late 1980’s. They had nowhere to sleep, no nourishment, and no one offer health support.

Mr.Erwin gave to these kids love and attention and the support they needed to survive. The beginning of the foundation started when a functional building was acquired to accommodate the group. By 1989, Baan Nokkamin Foundation was certified by the Thai government.

Anthony S Casey visited the Baan Nokkamin orphanage. He brought along a big bag of toys, candy and face painting for all the kids. It was lots of fun! Here are some pictures of their day together.  Anthony S Casey invites you to contribute to the organization, which you can find online.

The President’s Challenge with Community Chest

Anthony S Casey recently contributed to the great organization, Community Chest, through his donation to the  President’s Challenge 2015 series of Tanglin Club Fundraising events. The Community Chest is the  fund-raising and engagement component of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).  NCSS envisions a compassionate society, with everyone supporting each other’s potential. The Community Chest further ensures that people from all corners of society see the opportunity to lead a dignified, fulfilled life. Established in 1983, the organization raises, organizes, and appropriates allocates funds for the Singapore’s many charities.

The President’s Challenge was initiated by President S R Nathan in 2000. The tradition was continued by President Tony Tan in 2012 as it became a great way bring the community together in volunteer efforts, helping the less fortunate through activism. Since its beginning, over S$160 million has been raised for supported charities.  Plus, over 20,000 people have volunteered. As President Tony Tan said in his March 12, 2016 speech, “This is what President’s Challenge is about; to rally Singaporeans to pool
together our resources, not just financial but also our time and skills, to build a nation that leaves no one behind.”

Who does the challenge benefit?

  • Adults with disabilities
  • Children with special needs and learning disabilities
  • Battered families
  • The elderly

Learn more about the organization at comchest.org.sg

Anthony S Casey Serves Singapore through Willing Hearts

Willing Hearts is a secular Singapore-based charity that provides daily meals and support services to underprivileged members of Singapore society. Through effective guidance, Willing Hearts helps the neediest find their way toward rehabilitation in order to become useful citizens in society.

 

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Willing Hearts hosts Soup Kitchens. This volunteer-run kitchen distributes about 4,500 daily meals, 365 days a year, to low-income families, disenfranchised seniors, the disabled, children from single-parent or poverty-stricken families, and migrant workers.

Anthony S Casey recently contributed to one of these soup kitchens. How do volunteers help?

As a Soup Kitchen, Willing Hearts prepares, cooks and packages meals. It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community and no experience is necessary; guidance is provided by more veteran volunteers.

Volunteers prep ingredients, such as certain kinds of vegetables or meat items. Other volunteers help by cooking and organizing the meals. Volunteers are also required to help in the pick up food such as eggs and vegetables, and staples like sugar, rice,  meat, and seafood from suppliers, back to headquarters. Clean up is also an important part of volunteering.

Volunteers who have their own vehicles may offer to help deliver these packed meals, as Anthony S Casey recently did on the Henderson delivery route. Anyone with a valid Singapore driving licenses can help out by taking Willing Hearts’ delivery vans.

The spirit of volunteerism is strong in Singapore. Volunteer today to change the lives of the neediest in society!

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Preparing meals at the Willing Hearts Kitchen

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Packaged Food in Styrofoam Boxes, ready for delivery

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Anthony S Casey meeting great friends at Willing Hearts.

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Meals, ready to go.

Making Australian Wishes Come True for Singapore’s Children

Amber’s Story

Make-a-Wish Granters Eugene, Anthea & Arthur recently made one little girl’s dream come alive.

Amber is special. Unlike most children her age, she is not obsessed with Disney movies and characters like Ella from Frozen. Amber does not even watch that much television. What Amber does enjoy is the sheer wonder of spending time with animals. She follows her dog, a small Dachshund, all over the house. She loves “masak masak” – playing with toy kitchen tools and food, and also, drawing.

Amber’s wish was to venture to Australia. With a range of outdoor activities, it is the perfect destination to explore and make friends with farm animals.

To prepare for her trip, Amber asked to watch videos of airplanes on YouTube. She also excitedly went around announcing to others that she would be soon traveling to Australia.

She spent a leg of the trip in Brisbane. She experience a relaxing drive to a quaint farm. Here, she rode many ponies. She even got to help the farmer with his chickens! Much to her parents’ delight and amazement, Amber was quite a natural at catching chickens!

Amber visited Sea World at the Gold Coast and braved big, scary rides. She stayed at a huge apartment, where she loved its airy, beach view.

For the nature lover, this was truly a trip to remember.

Amber was referred to the Make-a-Wish Foundation by the Children’s Cancer Foundation at the National University Hospital (NUH).

Read more stories at makeawish.org.sg

 

Fundraising for Make a Wish Singapore

 

The Ngee Ann Business Studies Fundraiser recently combined their knack for business with passion for social change.

Instead of finalizing up their graduating year with merriment, they dedicated their efforts to something with purpose. They wanted to contribute to society.  By organizing the first ever Business Studies shirt sales, where all net earnings of $802 were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they helped grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The course-wide event brought the students closer as a team. Ultimately, it ignited a spirit of giving that will last through their entire careers.

 

 

 

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The 13th annual charity golf fundraiser will be held April 21, 2016 at Sentosa Golf Course, Serapong Course, presented by Marina Bay Sands.  Come to play and support!