$5.28 million raised through 1000E and 1000P programmes in 2018
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (sixth from left) and Children's Society Chairman Mr Koh Choon Hui
(sixth from right) pose with the 1000E and 1000P ambassadors.
A total of $5.28 million was raised through Singapore Children’s Society’s 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need (1000E) and 1000 Philanthropists (1000P) programmes in 2018, thanks to the efforts of their 1,757 participants.
Both programmes also saw a rise in the number of participants, with 739 companies and 1,018 individuals on board in 2018, compared to 734 companies and 969 individuals in 2017.
Their contributions were recognised during the 1000 Enterprises and 1000 Philanthropists for Children-in-Need Appreciation Dinner 2019, held on 19 March at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and Patron of the programmes, was the Guest-of-Honour.
In his speech, DPM Teo pointed to the importance of Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO) in being able to provide care and support on the individual level. In the case of the Children’s Society, it is to Singapore’s most vulnerable children.
“In these areas, it is really heart that matters. For the recipients, it is important to know that they are not lost souls… Kids who have poor family support, who had been taken advantage of, in one way or another, who need some guidance to get back on the right track, to get back on the rails, so that they can do well in life. Some place to go to after school so that they do not fall into bad company. A big sister, a big brother to give them guidance.
“This helps us to pick up every student possible on an individual basis to help them to do well. This is what will help make Singapore a better and a stronger country,” he said.
Recycle Point Pte Ltd, which distributes used and refurbished electronics, was presented 10-Year Leading Enterprise award for 10 years of its support. The company’s monthly donation to the programmes is both meaningful and a small price to pay for how far it goes, says its Managing Director Adrian Yap.
“I have three children myself and I know how important it is for children to grow up in the right environment and receive proper guidance,” he explained.
During the dinner, Mr Lim Chwee Kim, Chairman of Jason Holdings Limited, was appointed as a new 1000E and 1000P ambassador, as well as the Vice Chairman of the Council of Ambassadors. He will help engage business and social communities in raising funds and awareness on behalf of the Society.
Our youth beneficiaries from VOX @ Children’s Society performed two items: a K-Pop dance by a group called Divergence, and a song by Nur Safyna Bte Sulaiman.