President Tan encourages more Singaporeans to help people in need

(From left) Lily Goh, Rachael Koh and Ramat Hamka talking to President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, Mrs Tan, at the Thank You reception at the Istana on Nov 12, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(From left) Lily Goh, Rachael Koh and Ramat Hamka talking to President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, Mrs Tan, at the Thank You reception at the Istana on Nov 12, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - As their country celebrates its Golden Jubilee next year, Singaporeans should not forget those in need, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Wednesday.

Dr Tan hosted a "thank you" reception at the Istana in the evening to show his appreciation to individuals, schools and organisations for their support of the President's Challenge, which will raise about $10 million this year.

The amount will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Government, under the National Council of Social Service's Care and Share movement, a nationwide drive to spur donations in the run-up to Singapore's 50th anniversary celebrations next year.

The funds will go towards 64 beneficiaries, including charities and voluntary welfare organisations for disadvantaged children and persons with disabilities.

"As we celebrate our country's achievements and look forward to the future, let's not forget those amongst us who have less or who need a helping hand," said Dr Tan. "They too are a part of Singapore. Our Jubilee year should be just as meaningful to them. "

This year, close to 100 organisations and more than 9,000 volunteers participated in the President's Challenge Volunteer Drive, contributing their time and skills to help more than 100 charities and voluntary welfare organisations.