SINGAPORE - The idea for the Care and Share Movement was mooted by ComChest and is supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). The movement which will start in 2015 is being launched to commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday that year.
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Here is an excerpt from the speech given by Minister Social and Family Development Mr Chan Chun Sing:
Since its establishment in 1983, the Community Chest has raised funds for many charities and services, and improved the lives of numerous Singaporeans. Even more importantly, the Community Chest has nurtured a community of like-minded corporations, public organisations and individuals, linked by the common goal of helping the less fortunate amongst us.
As it marks its 30th anniversary, I would like to congratulate the Community Chest for its good work. I would also like to thank the many dedicated volunteers who had served on the Community Chest committee and sub-committees, as well as the staff. A special note of thanks to the two Chairmen who are within our midst today. Ms Jennie Chua had led the Community Chest for many years, and now continues to serve as Advisor. And Mr Phillip Tan who has just taken over the baton as Chairman.
An Even Larger Role for Community Chest
At his National Day Rally speech in August, the Prime Minister spoke about the need to provide greater assurance and support to Singaporeans and their families. This is so that we can build a more inclusive society as the country approaches a turning point.
The Government will adjust its policies and do more. But we will not be able to do it alone. The community too will have a bigger role to play in the coming years, to complement the Government's effort. The Community Chest too has a bigger part to play in galvanising giving - not just money, but time, effort and talent. It will have to do even more to raise public awareness of needs, mobilise contributors and fund critical new services. It will have to innovate to keep pace with the changing profile and aspiring of the Singaporean donor and volunteer.
Some of the changes are already taking place. I have seen a number of new and creative efforts in recent years. I am also excited by some new ideas being developed.
Care and Share Movement Mooted
I have just received one such promising idea recently. It was a proposal, from the Community Chest of Singapore, to initiate a national Care and Share Movement. The objectives are to mobilise Singaporeans to contribute to worthwhile causes and to give a big push to social services for the needy, as Singapore approaches our 50th year of independence in 2015.
I think it is a very worthy idea for us to support. As we approach our nation's 50th birthday, it is important that the celebrations are also meaningful for the less fortunate amongst us, and the organisations that serve them. Care and Share is an opportunity for Singaporeans to come together to show our commitment to building a more caring and inclusive society.
Care and Share is also an opportunity for us all to reflect on our vision for our beloved country Singapore - a place where we belong, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. We do not just want to beat the odds of history to survive. We want also to allow the human spirit to flourish. We want not to just live a materially comfortable lives, but we also want to live also purposeful lives.