Write e-cards for charity

Will there still be Hainanese chicken rice, durians and bak kut teh in Singapore in 2065?

This is a question that one netizen, Peiquan, asks in her electronic post card to the future, when Singapore celebrates its 100th year. It was among the many sent in a CapitaLand initiative, Send E-card and Donate (SEND) For Hope.

In the project, CapitaLand gives $5 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, for each card sent.

The ST fund benefits underprivileged school-going children.

In her postcard, Peiquan also envisions a future Singapore in which teleportation is a reality and work is done with microchip-size communication devices.

The SEND For Hope project was launched together with The Straits Times' exhibition on Singapore's history, Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow Exhibition, which started on July 15 this year.

In the e-card project, people are encouraged not only to envision what the future could look like but also write about their hopes for the country 50 years from now.

A message from Nur Khadijah Mohd Ripin reads: "We became one of the most successful countries... Singapore has become beautiful. Both the country and its people. However, we are still far from perfect. I hope that by your generation, we have also become the happiest country instead of just the richest."

Members of the public can pen their messages at www.capitaland.com/cards

The project will run until Oct 4.

Jalelah Abu Baker

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2015, with the headline 'Write e-cards for charity'. Print Edition | Subscribe