Community Chest partnered the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) to organise the inaugural Community Chest – SCO Mother’s Day Charity Concert on May 2, 2014 to pay tribute to mothers and raise funds to help those in need.
Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development, was the Guest-of-Honour for the concert.
With SCO’s thoughtfully chosen concert selection, the audience enjoyed a night of popular evergreen tunes like ‘Overture – In Memory of Zhou Xuan’ and ‘Years Flow as Water – In Memory of Feng Fei Fei’.
Community Chest is honoured to have a special overseas guest artiste, Ms Judy Ongg, flying in from Japan to participate in Community Chest’s charity concert for the first time.
The audience was treated to her hit songs like ‘Pray’ and ‘Warm Humanity’. Ms Judy Ongg also graciously donated the painting she created, ‘Sensations of Spring’, to be auctioned during the concert.
Funds raised from the charity concert will go towards helping families in need cared for by over 40 programmes under Community Chest. These donations will also be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government under the Care & Share Movement, a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest this year.
The partnerships in this charity concert also demonstrated another key element of the movement, which is rallying individuals and organisations to care for the disadvantaged.
Besides partnering Community Chest to organise the concert, SCO’s staff and orchestra members also organised a special outing for elderly Community Chest beneficiaries when they tried out various musical instruments at SCO.
NTUC FairPrice Foundation is another corporate partner which went beyond making a generous donation to actively participate in a bakery session with mothers helped by one of Community Chest’s supported charity, AMKFSC Community Service Ltd, to encourage them to continue using their skills to improve their family finances.
Ms Ng Ling Ling, Managing Director of Community Chest, said: “We are heartened that more corporate partners have shown commitment to support the less fortunate though the the gift of donations, time and expertise. These acts not only brighten the lives of those they interact with but also allow staff to bond through meaningful activities and better identify with their organisation’s values and objectives.
“We are also honoured that renowned singer Ms Judy Ongg agreed to give us her support to enable us to further reach out to the Chinese-speaking community. We hope more will embrace this spirit of giving and step forward to contribute in their own ways, especially since this is a special year with the Care & Share Movement which will enjoy the government matching grant.”