Former president S R Nathan has been appointed as the new chairman of the CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand Limited.He is taking over from former chairman Lim Chin Beng, who is retiring.
His first task as chairman was to visit the Jamiyah Children’s Home, a key beneficiary of the foundation.
Local news reports said Mr Nathan took part in a tree-planting ceremony in the new ‘CapitaLand Garden of Hope’ together with Mr Haji Abdul Karim Maidin, President of Jamiyah Singapore, and Mr Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand Group.
Mr Nathan also presented the home with a $40,000 cheque, which goes towards the creation of the ‘CapitaLand Garden of Hope’.
The 50-metre-square garden aims to develop the childrens’ interest in nature by letting them grow their own produce for consumption.
The money will also help furnish the dormitories of the home’s new premises with new beds and cupboards.
The Straits Times reported that Jamiyah Children’s Home has moved from its old premises, a one-storey building at Chin Cheng Avenue, to its current location at Guillemard Crescent.
The childrens’ new home, which can take in 110 residents, is a four-storey building complete with facilities like a basketball court, futsal field and a fruit and vegetable garden.
This article was first published in Asiaone