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.

 

Pioneering A New Investment

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Anthony S. Casey of Swiss Asia explains the firm’s offering of the Football Finance Note, and how it provides Asia’s wealthy with the opportunity to buy into English and European soccer. The next step is a similar product for other sports such as cricket, tennis, golf and more.

 

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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!

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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The Kidney Dialysis Foundation: Helping Singapore’s Neediest

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organisation that endeavors to treat patients from the lowest of the 10% income group in Singapore.

Approximately 1 in 9 Singaporeans suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can eventually lead to kidney failure. How can we treat kidney failure, especially for those who cannot afford health care?

Dr Gordon Ku, a kidney specialist established the KDF in February 1996 to provides subsidized dialysis treatment. By attending to a niche group of patients, such as cleaners, store assistants, and taxi drivers, the KDF changes the lives of needy members of the community.  Patients are referred by medical social workers, and through KDF’s resources, are not be deprived of treatment due to financial restraints.

KDF takes a holistic approach when caring for patients.  It is KDF’s mission to ensure the patients’ well-being. They can do this by kindling hope and strength to make life more meaningful; even for the most destitute.

The foundation, with the support of donors and sponsors, has set up a several campuses to care for its patients. Through 2016, KDF has served over 818 patients – 77 of which have undergone successful kidney transplantations.

 

Through medical outreach, education, and fundraising, KDF has changed in the lives of hundreds of people. They reach out to the community through multifaceted educational efforts, utilizing the “3 P’s” of Education – Public, Patient and Professional. In the public sphere, it has produced the “New Lease of Life” stores, featured eight episodes portraying real KDF patients who are live with the daily battle of life with with kidney diseases. With patients, they take care to instruct and guide all pre-ESRD patients and their families on the available treatment options. Professionally, KDF annually trains its staff: they update staff in the practice of nephrology, for example.

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation serves about 338 patients currently. Annually, at least $4 million is needed to cover medical costs and to support research for a cure.

Anthony S Casey recently made a generous donation to the KDF. You can too!

Donations are accepted online: Donate to KDF

Focus on the Family: Singapore

Focus on the Family Singapore Limited is a donor-supported organization dedicated to the mission that the family unit is the essential building block of a thriving nation. Mr. Tan Thuan Seng established the organization in 2002. The foundational small team started by organizing events dedicated to fostering the irreplaceable bonds of family through counseling parents and couples about the importance of these bonds.

Focus on the Family provides support in the form of educational support. Their Parent-Coach dialogue allows parents to engage with others undergoing the same experience and learn from others’ perspectives. Workshops to help couples with marriage help keep personal lives in shape for both parents and for the children. For example, Connect2 is a marriage preparation program that helps couples address issues they may not expect early in their time together and build a strong foundation right at the start.

 

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By encouraging the transformation of society through healthy and positive family values today, Focus on the Family foresees the sustainability of future generations.

 

 

Action for Aids

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Action for Aids is a community-based volunteer organization committed to the prevention, education and advocacy for the welfare of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their subsequent care and treatment.

AFA was formed in 1988 in Singapore out of response to the global and local spread of HIV infection; since 2004 they have been an officially recognized charity. Since then, they have evolved to be fundamental innovators of philanthropic change in Singapore and surrounding community. HIV is a challenging health problem, but with proper education, everyone can better understand prevention and treatment. 

From initial assistance for those living with HIV infection, to the role that promotion of basic public awareness requires, Action for Aids has grown to implement complex prevention and care programs in an increasingly globalized society. The organization supports outreach programs. They provide free HIV tests regardless of age, gender, or sexual preference. They provide consistent support for those who have no one else to turn to.

They also sponsor numerous fundraising activities and events for involved donors. At the Endless Love Gala in 2013, donors raised an incredible $140,371.10. Anthony S. Casey and his wife Bernice joyously engaged in this event.

 

Nias Orphanage Building Fund

Indonesia is a massive, sprawling country.  It is made up of 17,508 islands (only around 6,000 are inhabited by people) and it takes 12 hours to fly from one side of the country to the other. It has the second-highest amount of biodiversity in the world. It is also geographically diverse; however, this leave Indonesia vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters.  For the people who live on the islands of Indonesia, the risk of natural disaster threatens to uproot the promise of a stable life. 

In Indonesia’s poorest regions, Anthony S. Casey has contributed to efforts that help children rebuild their lives are devastating natural disasters.

The New Community Home Nias is an orphanage where children can find a home again.

There was a time when a tsunami hit Nias.  Reverend Soh Chye Kiong speaks of the The New Church Singapore’s involvement in the video above.

The church was actually exploring Thailand and Cambodia, reaching out to help children in these places. But when a friend of theirs told me of the plight of children in Nias in Indonesia, they discovered many children in need; orphans and unattended children with no community or support. Here, they found a piece of land, leased it, and started with a group of seven children.  They are growing everyday through love and compassion of the children at the orphanage. The children attend school; learning math, geography, history, science, and basic skills. Reverend Soh Chye Kiong speaks of plans to continue reaching out to the community. The children at Nias are truly inspiring. After so much hardship, their dreams are strong – young Rahel wants to be a teacher; Jonathan wants to be a policeman.

The Nias Orphanage has achieved so much for the children of Indonesia and Anthony S. Casey is eager to see its continued future growth.

Dance Spectrum International: Singapore

 

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How can we afford young people with developmental disabilities the same opportunities and experiences as their peers? The Autism Research Centre of Singapore helps educate people about autism and dedicates to serve individuals in the country with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The charity was established in 2000 and has since become the leader not only in fundraising, but implementing real change for individuals who need assistance asserting independence in their lives. The Pathlight School is one of their primary resources that offers both mainstream academics and essential life skills for students with autism.  Additionally, they host many events and fundraising opportunities to contribute to their efforts.

The Dance Spectrum International is one of these events that is essential to the Autism Research Center. It offers a life-changing experience for many of these young people.

Dance Spectrum International has become an annual tradition. In past years, dancers have performed acts titled such as “Christmas isn’t Christmas until..” This performance raised $132,602 toward supporting the Pathlight School Building Fund.

The most recent performance was help on December 4th, hosted at the Republic Cultural Centre. At this beautiful cultural landmark,  Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng in the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Guest Member and Ms Irene Ng attended the “Concert of Hope” in support of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

 

For more on the Autism research center, and to see how you can contribute, please see Autism.org.sg.

Pimp My Tuk Tuk

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Do you know what a Tuk Tuk is? Only some of the most colorful, creative, and unique auto rickshaws in the world. A common form of transportation in urban areas like Sri Lanka, these three-wheeled automobiles pack some serious power. Pimp My Tuk Tuk (PMTT) travels all over Sri Lanka and Singapore, visiting cities like Colombo, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kandy, and more.

Participants of the PMTT challenge are dedicated to supporting local communities and changing them for the better. Primary donation recipient organizations are Foundation of Goodness and Food from the Heart. PMTT made their first donation to Foundation of Goodness June 2015.