New movement launched to encourage more help for needy

A new movement was launched on Friday to encourage Singaporeans to contribute more to help the needy.

And the contribution does not necessarily have to be in the form of money.

The Care and Share Movement also aims to gather Singaporeans to give their time and experience through volunteerism and pro-bono work.

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing announced this at the Community Chest’s 30th Anniversary celebration and awards presentation ceremony.

Led by the Community Chest, the new movement follows Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s call for a more inclusive society at this year’s National Day Rally speech.

Mr Chan said: “Money was the easier resource to find, but time and talent are more difficult.”

Community Chest’s chairman Phillip Tan said: “It is not so much about raising money but to get our citizens and non-citizens, in fact all, everybody in the community to look after their neighbours, to care and share. What matters is we must instil in people the care and share attitude.”

Mr Chan also said that the government is prepared to match donations raised by the Community Chest and Voluntary Welfare Organisations as part of the movement, which will roll out next year.

At the awards ceremony, Guest of Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam presented the Pinnacle Award, the highest honour given to Community Chest donors.

It was given out to the Hitachi Group of Companies, Baxter Healthcare, Changi General Hospital and the Traffic Police department of the Singapore Police Force.

Source: CNA