What special day of giving means

What special day of giving means

We thank Mr Jeffrey Law Lee Beng for being so supportive of giving to charity ("No need to set aside day for giving"; Tuesday).

#GivingTuesdaySG inspires people to give back to society and celebrates the spirit of giving, using a hashtag for them to spread the word to family, friends, fans and even strangers.

Mr Law asked about the need to designate a special day for giving.

It is useful to remind ourselves of why we give and how we can do better.

It is common among communities to have a special date for celebrating important causes.

For instance, Earth Day reminds everyone to care for the environment, and International Children's Day celebrates the gift of children in our communities. But they do not imply that we do not care about the environment or children outside of these special days.

In the same way, countries like the United States, Canada and Australia, which are celebrating #GivingTuesday, have a history of philanthropy and volunteerism.

Instead of implying that people do not care about giving outside of #GivingTuesday, the special day celebrates the fact that people do, and encourages everyone to create a culture of giving.

#GivingTuesdaySG is a social movement to support charities and charitable acts. Through this movement, individuals and organisations recognise how they are making a difference in the lives of others, as well as encourage friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

Even though it is heartening to know that many Singaporeans are giving generously to charity throughout the year, the joys of giving deserve to be celebrated and amplified by a national day of participation. And there are many who still need a little nudge to make that effort.

Thomas Tan

Head of Advocacy

National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre

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