10 Charitable Campaigns in Singapore

There are incredible charitable campaigns that exist in Singapore. Read on to learn the names of those important charitable campaigns:

50 for 50: In this campaign, fifty young people organized fundraisers for lesser-known charities. In addition to fostering youth involvement in philanthropy, it raised 2.25 million dollars. The government then matched this money, resulting in a total of $4.5 million dollars raised.

1 for 1: Spurred by the success of 50 for 50, the campaign organizers began 1 for 1, in which all Singaporeans were encouraged to donate a dollar, which would again be matched by the government.

Fold a Crane for Charity: In this campaign against hunger, Songhe Fragrant Rice challenged Singaporeans to fold paper cranes. For every paper crane folded, the company donated a bowl of rice to charity. The campaign exceeded all expectations, resulting in 147,480 kilograms of rice getting donated in total.

Grains of Kindness: This is another campaign against hunger launched by Songhe Fragrant Rice. This time, however, instead of making paper cranes, people were encouraged to post photographs of random acts of kindness to Facebook. Each photo earned a 10kg donation of rice.

Hair for Hope: In this campaign, launched by the Children’s Cancer Foundation, participants shaved their heads in solidarity with cancer parents who lost their hair to chemotherapy. Shavees solicited donations or sponsorships for the cause, while proving that baldness was nothing to be ashamed of.

Giving Tuesday: In 2013, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Center designated the last Tuesday in November to be Giving Tuesday. On this day, Singaporeans are encouraged to donate to a number of charitable organizations. The day also includes social media campaigns, volunteer opportunities, corporate donors and sponsorships.

Giving Week: Due to its success, Giving Tuesday was expanded into Giving Week, beginning the last Tuesday in November and stretching into the first week of December. Giving Week came with more campaigns, more charities, and more corporate sponsorships.

For a Golden Home: Singapore has an aging population. Many elderly Singaporeans live alone in small apartments, often in poor conditions. For a Golden Home raises money to improve these apartments, and enlists the help of volunteers to go in and clean everything up.

President’s Challenge: Begun by President S.R. Nathan in 2000, the President’s Challenge is a platform for individuals and corporations to engage with a number of charitable organizations. Beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge, as well as the amount that they receive, are decided by the Office of the President.

Heartstrings Walk: Community Chest, the charitable arm of the National Council of Social Services, is a charitable organization that helps disabled people integrate into society, learn skills, and realize their potential. Their annual Heartstrings Walk takes participants on a walk around the city, in return for donations and sponsorships.

 

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