• Posted by SG Volunteer Team on August 1st, 2014

Shop and do your bit for charity

Shop and do your bit for charity

Customers of luxury fashion retailer Club 21, organic food and health store SuperNature, and gourmet boutique and bistro Culina can make a difference through the simple gesture of paying with a MasterCard card as part of MasterCard’s Purchase with Purpose programme.

For each purchase made with a MasterCard card from August 1 to September 30, MasterCard will donate US$10 (S$12.50) to the companies’ community partners – Beautiful People and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

Club 21 and SuperNature will be supporting Beautiful People, a volunteer work programme supporting teenage girls-at-risk through key transitions in their lives.

The donation will go toward its Good Work! programme, a 10-week work experience including fortnightly life skills training, social development activities, coaching services and mentoring.

Culina Gourmet Boutique and Bistro will be assisting low-income students from NYP’s Hospitality diploma programmes with tuition fees, living expenses, and book allowances.

In addition, Culina is pledging to match MasterCard’s contribution in honour of its 20th anniversary, enabling NYP to support some 20 students.

Source: AsiaOne

  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on July 31st, 2014

Volunteers for Habitat’s Flag Day (Small Change for Big Change)

Volunteers for Habitats Flag Day (Small Change for Big Change)

Event Details
Date: 16 August 2014, Sat
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Venue: Island-wide (exact venues to be determined)
Attire: Simple polo/t-shirt (any past BYS shirt or white Habitat Volunteer shirt could work), comfortable jeans/short/pants (no sports pants), covered shoes OR
Half-uniform for schools

Volunteers will report to their various team leaders who will then brief groups individually on the actual day.

All proceeds will go directly back to Habitat for Humanity Singapore and help them fulfill their vision to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live in.

Corporates who are interested may also do an internal collection by adopting a donation can (or more) to encouraging their staff to empty out their spare change for a greater cause. The amount raised during the internal collection will be included in their total amount collected for the flag day on 16 August, Sat.

If you have queries, please feel free to contact Joyce at joyce@habitat.org.sg

Click the link here to register: goo.gl/pkmXS8

Please RSVP on the event page on Facebook as well. They will disseminate information from there including team allocation, reporting venue, areas of collection ,etc.

  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on July 28th, 2014

NUS dons raise $3m during road trip

NUS dons raise $3m during road trip

A three-month motorbike trip from Singapore to Sweden by a pair of surgeons has raised S$3 million for Asian breast cancer research.

After riding through 17 countries and covering more than 23,000km, associate professors Philip Iau and Mikael Hartman have also returned with fresh insight into how women in developing Asian countries deal with the disease – and a trunkful of stories, like how they were detained in a police station in Iran.

“Until now, I’m still not exactly sure what happened,” said Prof Iau on Wednesday. The pair from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine were also stuck for nine hours when crossing the border from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, a problem which Prof Hartman said was “eventually resolved with a cigarette”.

The aim of the road trip, which they called The Long Ride, was to raise awareness of breast cancer issues, especially in Asia; create collaboration with professionals elsewhere; and raise funds, which will be matched by the Singapore Government one-for-one and are managed by the NUS Development Office.

“We wanted to tell people, even those outside Asia, what it is like to have breast cancer in Asia. We wanted to highlight the uniquely Asian features,” said Prof Iau of the trip, which was completed last month. He explained that Asian women diagnosed with breast cancer face a higher chance of dying than women in the West, as most do not go for regular mammograms. Even after diagnosis, some drop out of breast cancer treatment halfway.

On their trip, the surgeons found out – after meeting breast cancer patients in China, Malaysia and Thailand – the big worry for patients was that the cost of treatment could mean using money that could have been used for their children’s education. They were also afraid of how their husbands would view them if they had to remove a breast.

Prof Hartman said that even in Singapore, the take-up rate of breast cancer screening is “substantially low”, according to his research.

During the trip, the two surgeons stopped to give lectures, attend breast cancer forums and workshops, and meet other doctors and academics. In Chiang Mai, they were also the guests of honour to open the city’s first women’s cancer centre.

In China, they sat in for interviews for an anthropological study on how culture affects the way the disease is viewed. In Uzbekistan, they conducted lectures at the Tashkent State Medical Institute.

“What we wanted to do was to attract attention to breast cancer issues, and what we plan to do about them,” said Prof Iau.

The pair are now thinking about Long Ride Part II. “We haven’t even been to Indonesia or India,” said Prof Iau. “But we have to figure out how to tell our wives.”

Source: The Straits Times

  • Posted by SG Volunteer Team on July 27th, 2014

Japan Home Charity Week 2014

Japan Home Charity Week 2014

Express your care and do your part for charity!

For every purchase at Japan Home, 5% of the proceeds will be donated in the form of basic necessities to an esteemed Old Folks Home in Singapore.

On top of that, enjoy 5% off at every purchase at Japan Home from now till 31 July 2014!