$100,000 raised for the Singapore Disability Sports Council at Deloitte conference

SINGAPORE - A total of $100,000 has been raised to encourage disabled young people to take part in sports at an event hosted by professional services firm Deloitte Singapore that ended on Friday.

The money was raised for the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) at the three-day Deloitte Southeast Asia Partners Conference 2014. The amount is made up of funds raised by Deloitte Southeast Asia, and a dollar-to-dollar matching by the Government under the Care & Share movement, a national fund-raising effort.

The money will go towards running the SDSC programmes, in which disabled youths are encouraged to participate in sports.

Some of the funds were raised from a charity auction that included special items from Team Singapore para-athletes, such as the swimsuit worn by swimmer Theresa Goh during the recent Asian Para Games 2014, and shoes used by equestrian Laurentia Tan's competition horse.

Said Ms Goh: "I am very humbled and honoured to be able to contribute to raise funds for SDSC, which has supported me throughout my 15-year swimming career. I'm really grateful also to Deloitte for being so supportive of disability sports in Singapore."

SDSC president Teo-Koh Sock Miang said: "Sports is a platform where youths with disabilities can learn resilience, perseverance, confidence and respect for self and others. Participation in sports facilitates the holistic development of youths."