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29 July 2008

NTUC FairPrice joins hands with business partners to raise $380,000 for Community Chest

NTUC FairPrice today presented S$380,000 to the Community Chest at the Charity Gala Premier of Money No Enough 2. The amount was raised by NTUC FairPrice with support from its business partners. 

Mr Tan Kian Chew, Group CEO of NTUC FairPrice said, “We are grateful to our business partners for their continued support. Not only do they support our social mission to moderate the cost of living in Singapore, they also share our passion to serve the community. We hope that with this donation, families that are affected by the current inflation will have some financial relief to tide through this difficult time.”

The three welfare organizations that will be direct beneficiaries of this donation are Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre, Tampines Family Service Centre and Trans Centre (Bedok).

FairPrice has been a key supporter of Community Chest through the years. In March this year, at the launch of the NTUC FairPrice Foundation, a charity fully funded by FairPrice, the Foundation contributed S$300,000 to the Community Chest, in aid of Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Care Corner Family Service Centre (Queenstown), Hospice Day Care Centre and Lions Befrienders.

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Details of Beneficiaries

Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre (FSC) – Beyond Social Services

Primarily serving residents in Bukit Ho Swee, Redhill, Henderson and the nearby estates, Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre (FSC) reaches out to around 4,200 beneficiaries.

The Family Service Centre runs the A.S.K. (Attitude, Skills, Knowledge) the Parent Education Workshop, which aims to impart a positive attitude, the right skills and information to young mothers to help them deal with their children’s health, safety and nutritional issues. This programme reaches out to low-income families. In the long run, the programme hopes to help families break out of the poverty trap with better care, guidance and educational opportunities invested in their children. 

Tampines Family Service Centre (FSC)

Tampines FSC serves residents in the eastern region of Singapore – it currently has about 7,318 beneficiaries.

To help low-income families, the FSC runs a daily drop-in Children’s Club, where children from these families have a safe environment to play, study and socialise. Regular programmes are also held to enhance the children’s self-worth and family bonds are strengthened though family excursions which are free or highly subsidised.

Tampines FSC also organises financial assistance discussion groups – through small group sharing and discussions on issues such as budgeting. Clients are encouraged to learn from one another’s experiences. The FSC is also planning to reach out to the community through preventive budget talks and financial management.

TRANS Centre (Bedok)

Among the 3,050 clients helped by TRANS Centre (Bedok), it was found that many of them were saddled with financial difficulties. Hence, the centre developed two initiatives targeted at children from low-income families.

The befriending/mentoring programme aims to provide social support to children who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school or in the community. Aged 7-14, these children are from low-income families with many problems and may be at risk due to poor self-concept and lack of social skills.

The other initiative, RUN Kids, is specially tailored for children who might have behavioral problems and who require assistance to improve their English proficiency. Concurrently, the children also go through a series of groupwork sessions that focus on enhancing their self-esteem and coping skills.

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