SINGAPORE - A total of $70,000 was raised from the SG50 DipCharity Bazaar held last October at the Shangri-La Hotel.
In celebration of Singapore's Golden Jubilee, diplomats from over 40 country missions in Singapore came together to raise funds for two charities, putting up booths to sell items ranging from German pretzels to Colombian coffee.
The two children's charities, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and the Singapore Children's Society, will each receive an equal share of about $35,000.
To round up the event, a cheque presentation ceremony was held at the Indonesian Embassy on Friday (Jan 15) to present the money to the charities.
The ceremony was attended by The Dean and Brazilian Ambassador to Singapore, Luis Fernando de Andrade Serra and Indonesian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Andri Hadi. Ambassadors from some of the other participating nations were also present.
Ms Tan Bee Heong, General Manager of STSPMF, received the cheque on its behalf. She said: "It was a feat to be able to garner support from more than 40 countries for this meaningful fundraising bazaar within a short period of time. A very creative fundraising idea indeed and we hope it will be an annual affair in support of needy children."
It was the first time the Diplomatic and Consular Corps organised such a large-scale event, with more than half of the diplomatic missions here involved and attracting more than 10,000 visitors.