The Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) says proceeds from the sale of Games merchandise will go to selected beneficiaries of the Community Chest which will match the amount dollar-for-dollar
This was revealed on Wednesday (Apr 22) at the launch of the partnership between the Community Chest and the 8th ASEAN Para Games, set to be held in December.
Organisers hope that such initiatives will help rally the community to support the Games and raise funds for organisations that help people with disabilities.
SAPGOC also hopes to raise S$5 million in sponsorship as it ramps up preparations for the first ASEAN Para Games in Singapore.
Discussions have already started with members of the business community with the intent of attracting both cash and value-in-kind sponsorships.
Said CEO of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) Sim Gim Guan: “The Games is a strong platform for us to engage partners. And of course, one of the things that we are trying to do under the NCSS umbrella is really public education, to build a more inclusive society. When our people come together and witness the performance of our para-athletes, they will go away very impressed.”
“What we want to achieve is really the involvement of people from the private sector, the people sector to co-create the Games and whatever funding through sponsorships, donations, and fundraising activities go towards outreach, because we’d like to be able to bring people in,” added chairman of the SAPGOC Executive Committee Lim Teck Yin.
“There are many people that would want to come to the Games, but many of these VWOs would need support for transportation, support for being able to muster their people and bring them around the tour. We need support for all the outreach activities in the lead up to the Games and more importantly, post-Games, how do we use the funds that we raise to reach out to more people with disabilities so that they have access and opportunities to develop and grow through sports.”