Seed Gifts is a social enterprise florist which seeks to sustain the work of selected charities.
Seed-Gifts is proud to be one of the many vendors that will be at having a booth at Bare Your Sole 2015 on 30 May. 100% of the net profit from this year’s barefoot walk will go towards supporting the work Habitat for Humanity Singapore does.
Seed-Gifts is looking for volunteers to help out with packing for their booth at Bare Your Sole on 28-29 May from 9.00am – 5.00pm and on the Event Day on 30 May from 7.00am – 12.00pm.
Event details at a glance
Date: May 28-29 (Thu & Fri)
Time: 9am – 5pm (half day commitment is also available)
Venue: Seed-Gifts, 56 Lorong 23 Geylang, #05-00 Century Technology Building, S(388381)
** No prior skills required**
Interested volunteers email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Habitat for Humanity Singapore is an international Christian non-profit organisation focused on eliminating poverty housing. It sends volunteers overseas to build houses for low-income communities and organises home clean-up sessions for the elderly and disabled living in one-room rental flats in Singapore. Cycle Out Poverty will benefit the Star-Builders programme, which enables youths from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds to go on such Habitat experiences either locally or overseas.
Almost 1,500 people have benefited from a fund that supports art programmes for those in the social service sector, particularly vulnerable youth and elderly.
The $1.5 million WeCare Arts Fund was launched in May last year.
Under it, art programmes can receive up to S$5,000 and artists can work with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to tap the fund.
The National Arts Council and the five Community Development Councils (CDCs) it partnered to initiate the fund help match VWOs with suitable artists.
“The WeCare Arts Fund is an excellent example of where we bring different partners together to do good, and reach out to more people in the community – to care for the community and to help the vulnerable to lead healthy and meaningfully-engaged lives,” said Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District. He was speaking on Thursday (May 21) at a tea session to mark a year since the fund was launched.
The session was a way for the CDCs, artists, and representatives from VWOs to meet and exchange ideas on how arts can be used to engage beneficiaries within the social service sector.
Several artworks from among the 50 projects supported by the fund were also on display.
“I hope that impact we have made to the lives of the beneficiaries, including the artists, will continue to be a motivation for us to do more for the community,” Dr Teo said.
He added that participants should be encouraged to move beyond just taking part in the arts programmes, but to become active volunteers to spearhead more of such programmes.
Ten paddlers from the Deaf Dragons, a competitive dragon boat team set up for persons with disabilities (PwD), set a new Singapore record by paddling more than 250km within 24 hours – the longest distance covered by a dragon boat indoor rowing relay team in one day.
The paddlers came together from 5pm on May 16 to 5pm on May 17 at DBS Tampines Central Branch. Of the ten paddlers, one of them is hearing impaired and two are intellectually challenged.
“As someone who is hearing impaired, I never give up on any opportunities given to me,” said team member Jimmy Chan, who is hearing impaired.
Ffity other supporters, including family, friends, fellow competitors and walk-ins also paddled alongside the Deaf Dragons, using the two other indoor rowing machines available.
Collectively, the participants paddled 650km within 24 hours. As a result of the participants’ efforts on May 16 and 17, DBS will donate S$65,000 towards supporting inclusive sports in Singapore. With dollar-for-dollar matching by the Community Chest, participants raised a total of S$130,000 within 24 hours.
The Deaf Dragons were taking part in DBS’ Paddle for Good initiative, which aims to raise awareness and support for inclusive sports in Singapore. On May 30, Paddle for Good will be open for public participation at the DBS Marina Regatta, and event-goers will be able to form teams with and paddle alongside PwDs and the Deaf Dragons.
Organised in partnership with social enterprise Society Staples, the event simulates a dragon boat race, using indoor ergometer machines instead of boats. For every one kilometre paddled then, DBS will donate S$100 to three organisations – SPD, Asian Women’s Welfare Association and MINDS.
These organisations will use the funds to organise sports activities for PwDs. Donations will also be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Care and Share movement led by Community Chest.
“One of the objectives for the DBS Marina Regatta is to celebrate the human spirit and to build an inclusive society through sports. Paddle for Good is one example where we encourage people from all walks of life, from all age groups and backgrounds, to come together to paddle for a worthwhile cause,” said Managing Director and Head of Group Strategic Marketing and Communications DBS Bank, Karen Ngui.