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.

 

Education and Inspiration from the Little Sisters Fund

2017 is here. Anthony S Casey is proud to support the Little Sisters Fund based out of Nepal. He are continually impressed by the achievements of our Little Sisters. They have already completed so much in the past few months! At the request of our partner schools, we are expanding our primary educator training program to Middle School this year! Plus, Little Sisters is touring soon to visit supporters.

The end of year fundraising campaign was a resounding success. Exceeded our goal by over 25 percent, over 2,000 girls are in school and Little Sisters is able to support them thanks to sponsors like Anthony S Casey.

Here are some highlights from recent successes.

 

Educator Training

Our Little Sisters receive the best education possible we strive to achieve this through the Primary Educator Training (PET) program. One school at a time, Little Sisters Fund continues to partner with schools to improve the Nepali education system for all students.

PET trains primary level teachers to use child-focused teaching methods that encourage analytical and critical thinking. In 2016, we conducted 22 trainings in 8 districts. 360 teachers attended these trainings, indirectly impacting approximately 9,000 students throughout Nepal. In 2017 as we work toward our goal of training teachers in all 90+ LSF primary partner schools. The PET course has been so successful at the primary level that, at the request of our partner schools, we’re putting together a pilot program to extend the course to secondary level teachers.

Meet Tribisha

In Nepal, any disability, and specifically one of this magnitude, can keep a girl out of school and cloistered or hidden away in the home. Tribisha was born with spina bifida and must use crutches and leg braces to walk. She has always been determined to defy the odds that have been stacked against her since birth.

Tribisha joined LSF in 2011. Now 16 years old, she inspires us with her determination and accomplishments. She was awarded the “Disabled Student Genius Award” for her high marks on the School Leaving Certificate exam in December and she will soon be publishing her first short novel, Niruta, which tells the story of the challenges a young girl faces growing up in Nepal.

Little Sisters is incredibly proud of Tribisha’s achievements and we look forward to watching her continue to inspire the girls who follow in her path. Read more of her story on LittleSistersFund.org.

 

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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2015 Dec: Make a Wish Foundation

Anthony is a proud sponsor of the Make a Wish Foundation. This month, Make a Wish sponsored one child’s “Pony Day Out.” Not only was little Arifah able to flaunt her very best ‘My Little Pony’ attire, but she also built her very own pony at Build-A-Bear Singapore. After registering the “birth” of her pony, Arifah received another surprise – she got to spend the rest of the day interacting with real ponies! She and her family participated in a guided tour of the stable, a pony grooming session, and exclusive pony rides. A ‘My Little Pony’ themed party was held in her honor, including exciting activities like face painting, a magic show, balloon sculpting, and a photo booth.

The Santa Run for Wishes and Annual Christmas Party happened this past November as well. Participants completed a 2KM or 5KM family-friendly fun-run along Palawan Beach accompanied by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Ji. Runners were also invited to an exclusive evening at Universal Studios Singapore. That same night, 1,400 Wish Children and their families attended the Annual Christmas party at USS.

Upcoming events include the Drew & Napier Christmas Party and TANGS Christmas Fundraiser. For more details, be sure to check out the newsletter here.