Govt may match welfare donations

Govt may match welfare donations
Project Happy Feet founder Deborah Chew receiving the Special Events Silver Award from Mr Chan Chun Sing at the ComChest Awards.

SINGAPORE - As past of the lead-up to Singapore's 50th birthday celebrations in 2015, the Government is considering matching the funds raised by Community Chest (ComChest) and voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs).

This initiative, part of a new Care and Share Movement, was announced by Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing on Friday at the annual ComChest Awards ceremony at Marina Bay Sands.

He said that the Government, which could start matching the funds as early as the end of this year, is "supportive of this proposal... and is prepared to match donations" to support VWOs as they upgrade their services.

The Care and Share Movement aims to encourage Singaporeans and organisations to give more of their time and money to help the needy.

ComChest chairman Phillip Tan said: "This idea is not just to raise money, it is to get participation. We hope to build up a caring attitude."

Meanwhile, 362 awards were given to 163 organisations and four individuals at the ceremony.

Four organisations - Changi General Hospital, Hitachi Group of Companies, Baxter Healthcare SA and the Traffic Police Department - were given the top Pinnacle Award by the guest of honour, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, for either having supported ComChest for at least 20 years or donating more than $20 million.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SPH Foundation, which donated $400,000 for the needy, received the Corporate Platinum Award for the fourth time. SPH's events arm, Sphere Exhibits, received the Special Events Gold Award for the first time for raising $280,500.

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