Causes Briefs: Going the extra mile for charity

Mr Sherman Kwek, deputy CEO of City Developments, riding a trishaw carrying Sister Florence Wong and Gracelyn Ng during the fund-raiser. The June 18 event raised more than $76,000 for Assisi Hospice.
Mr Sherman Kwek, deputy CEO of City Developments, riding a trishaw carrying Sister Florence Wong and Gracelyn Ng during the fund-raiser. The June 18 event raised more than $76,000 for Assisi Hospice.PHOTO: ASSISI HOSPICE

Going the extra mile for charity

City Developments deputy CEO Sherman Kwek turned trishaw rider for a good cause during the Assisi Fun Day on June 18. Mr Kwek traded office attire for T-shirt and jeans to ferry Sister Florence Wong, 79, of Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, and a patient's granddaughter, Gracelyn Ng, five.

Dubbed, "CDL going the extra mile for charity", the effort raised $76,000 for Assisi Hospice. The annual Assisi Fun Day is the hospice's biggest fundraising event of the year. Assisi Hospice hopes to raise $1 million this year.

Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sisters in 1969, Assisi Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses.


Labrador picnic to reward trainees from Minds

Young befrienders will join adult work trainees who have intellectual disabilities at the Napiri Training & Development Centre (NTDC) Annual Picnic on Monday.

The picnic at Labrador Nature Reserve will celebrate the hard work of trainees from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds). NTDC was set up by Minds in 2006 to improve the self-help and social skills of adults with intellectual disabilities in the east of Singapore.

The befrienders, who were recruited through Youth Corps Singapore, will spend time with and host games for the Minds trainees.

 


Major clean-up to improve the homes of elderly

Habitat for Humanity Singapore, a non-profit organisation that aims to increase access to safe and affordable housing for the needy, is organising its inaugural Home Sweep Home clean-up for elderly Housing Board residents on July 8.

Around 3,000 volunteers will be recruited to clean and repaint 200 homes in Chai Chee, Toa Payoh and Redhill. Volunteers can also register to pick up litter in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

A participation fee of $25 for adults and $15 for children aged five to 18 is required to pay for cleaning and painting materials.

Interested participants can register at http://www.habitat.org.sg/home-sweep-home.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2017, with the headline 'Causes Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe