Getting people to give more of their time and money to those in need

A new movement is being launched to get people to give more of their time and money to those in need.

The idea for the Care and Share Movement was mooted by ComChest and is supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). The movement which will start as early as the end of the year is being launched to commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015.

MSF Minister Chan Chun Sing announced this on Friday at the annual Community Chest (ComChest) Awards ceremony. "Care and Share is an opportunity for Singaporeans to come together to show our commitment to building a more caring and inclusive society. More details will still need to be worked out...I hope we can finalise the implementation details by year end," said the Minister. Mr Chan added that the Government is prepared to match donations raised by ComChest and voluntary welfare organisations as part of the movement.

The ComChest Awards recognises contributions by individuals or organisations who have donated to ComChest or organised activities for its beneficiaries in the past year. In all, 362 awards were presented to 163 organisations and four individuals.

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, also received a Special Events Gold Award for the first time. It raised $280,500.

Four other organisations were given the highest honour - the Pinnacle Award - which recognises those who have supported ComChest for at least 20 years or given more than $20 million. The winners were the Changi General Hospital, Hitachi group, Baxter Healthcare SA and Traffic Police Department.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam was the guest-of-honour at the event held at Marina Bay Sands.