Volunteerism Conference 2012

NVPC & SG Cares are organising a 3-day Volunteerism Conference 22 to 24 May 2012 at YMCA. The conference will explore and address issues, share ideas about engaging, raising and promoting the spirit of volunteerism with international guest speaker and volunteerism veteran, Susan J. Ellis.

You can also read about it from the Conference website: www.sgcares.org.

Be part of this Conference, and spread the word to whom you think will be interested and can benefit from this Conference, where volunteerism takes centre-stage!

Do invite your friends to join us for either of the 2 complimentary Volunteer Power! sessions planned for you!


Volunteer Power!
22 May 2012 & 23 May 2012
Register here for the session on 22nd May, 7pm to 9pm
Register here for the session on 23rd May, 7pm to 9pm

(Similar content covered on both days to cater to the varying schedules of volunteers)

Target Audience: For anyone and everyone keen to explore volunteerism

Make this year your challenge to be a leader of social change. This session sees like-minded people exchanging thoughts and in-depth views on being a proactive volunteer. Attend this session to realise the power in you!


IMAGINE: A World of Volunteers + Community Networking Session
24 May 2012

(You will be prompted to sign-up for this segment in the registration for the “Volunteer Power!”)

Target Audience: For all participants of the 3-day conference

A closing segment of the conference, participants are encouraged to join us in this networking session and explore areas of collaboration and further discussion of the conference learning points. What better way to take away from the conference than meeting potential partners from the various sectors?


Conference website: www.sgcares.org

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sgcares

For further enquiries, email volunteer@sgcares.org.

SharkAid campaign reaches Singapore

A global effort to save the sharks reached Singapore’s shores on Tuesday.

For the first time, local celebrities and conservationists stood in unison at a public concert, SharkAid 2012, at Cathay Cineleisure.

The event is organised by Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) and Shark Savers Singapore.

Singapore, which is the first stop of SharkAid, has one of the highest per capita consumers of shark fin soup.

It ranks second, behind Hong Kong, in the size of the trade in shark fins.

In a survey of 500 Singaporeans, half of the respondents who consume shark fin soup said they continue to consume the soup because the dish was placed in front of them and they didn’t want to see the food wasted.

A carnival was also held to engage Singaporeans on the role of sharks in the marine ecosystem.

Jonn Lu, director at Shark Savers Singapore, said: “Singaporeans are foodies and we love our food. If we want our chilli crab, lobsters or stir fried prawns, it is in our selfish interest to save sharks because without sharks, all commercial fisheries are going to be affected.”

SharkAid 2012 is part of the international Shark Savers movement with some 24,000 members in 99 countries.

This article was first published in CNA

Celebrities pledge no to shark fin

In line with a global movement to stop consuming shark’s fin, Singapore celebrities have hopped on the bandwagon to pledge their support.

A free public concert was held today at Cathay Cineleisure to raise awareness on the negative impact of shark’s fin soup.

Organised by Shark Savers Singapore, the concert is part of SharkAid2012 and is the first in a series of free concerts to be held around the world.

Local artiste Hossan Leong, who is also the Shark Savers Singapore ambassador, was joined by others such as Sylvia Ratonel, Eli T, Tessera and Darryl Yong to make a public pledge that they are “FINished” with consuming shark fin.

Singapore remains as one of the highest per-capita consumers of shark’s fin soup, second largest behind Hong Kong, which is the top shark fin trading country.

Local companies such as SingTel, NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage have joined in pledging no to shark fin products, while some restaurants here have stopped serving the delicacy altogether.


This article was first published in Asiaone

A platform for sharing cancer experiences

He was devastated when his paternal grandfather died from lung cancer in 1997.

And Mr Wesley Lye, who was just nine then, did not know how to respond to his classmates when they asked him why he had to pin a black ribbon on his school uniform shirt.

Saddened and confused, Mr Lye tried to forget about his grandfather’s unsuccessful battle against the disease.

But 15 years on, Mr Lye, now 24, who graduated from Nanyang Technological University last year, wants to let others know that they are not alone in the fight against the No. 1 killer in Singapore.

So he sent his deceased grandfather a “Daffodil Candle” – a condolence message to a relative or friend who died from cancer which can be viewed by the public – on the Daffodil Days microsite, www.DaffodilDays.sg.

The microsite, which is linked from the Singapore Cancer Society website, was launched last month as part of the annual Daffodil Days celebration – a month-long global programme to raise funds for and awareness of the fight against cancer.

The programme was launched on April 1 by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan during the 2XU Compression Run along Nicoll Highway.

This is the first time that a microsite was launched in conjunction with the celebration.

Sharing of personal stories

Apart from sending “Daffodil Candles”, users can, among other things, send “Bouquets of Daffodils” – messages to recognise the efforts of caregivers – or simply share their personal story of their battle against the cancer.

All posts are free and can be viewed by the public.

Mr Lye said of his grandfather: “I was very close to him and he always made me laugh. He was also the one who (inculcated) spiritual values in me and taught me to appreciate what I have.

“I was really shocked and sad when he passed away, and I tried to avoid talking about his death.

“But now, I realise that there is no hiding from this disease and there are many people who suffer from it or know someone who suffers from it.

“The Daffodil Days (microsite) allows me to let others know that they are not alone and there are people who care for them.”

The microsite has garnered about 100,000 views since it was launched and there are several posts on it.

Mr Charles Lee, a senior counsellor at the Tanjong Pagar Family Service Centre, said the platform is a good place for an exchange of support by people affected by cancer.

He said: “For those who are (battling) cancer, they would be encouraged by the messages from people who have recovered or are fighting the disease.

“And the people who have recovered would also want to encourage others by showing their support through this platform.”

Other features of the microsite include information on cancer prevention and screening services for the disease.

Madam Judith Mala, who lost her father to cancer, said she is encouraged to hear about the platform.

Said the mother of three, who’s in her 40s: “The microsite is useful and I think people would be encouraged and inspired by the posts.

“Other organisations fighting against diseases should also consider creating such a platform.”

This article was first published in The New Paper.