Young people raise $1 million for charity in just two months

Ms Nursyazanna Syaira, owner of Fluff Bakery, was one of those who participated in the "50 for Fifty" charity project. PHOTO: BH FILE 
Ms Nursyazanna Syaira, owner of Fluff Bakery, was one of those who participated in the "50 for Fifty" charity project. PHOTO: BH FILE 

SINGAPORE - In just two months, 50 young people raised $1 million for charity, to mark Singapore's Golden Jubilee next year.

The Social Co, organisers of the 50 for Fifty charity drive, announced on Wednesday that the sum comprises S$620,000 donated by corporations and S$380,000 raised by the "changemakers" - what the fund raisers call themselves.

The volunteers, who are between 18 and 34 years old, help raise funds for lesser known charities that might have trouble doing so on their own.

Selected charities include the Student Advisory Centre, which helps underprivileged kids, and Caregivers Alliance, which supports caregivers of persons with mental illness.

Funds are raised through events like carnivals, cocktail parties and auctions. Next week's calendar, for example, has a charity dinner and a music event.

Said Ms Rebekah Lin, Social Co's founder: "We are very pleased with the effort put in by all the changemakers who have sacrificed their time to raise the money for their chosen charities.

"Some have washed cars, organised charity luncheons, held yoga events, and even participated in the Hello Kitty Run to raise money over the last two months." The charity drive, which started on Sept 23, has almost 30 corporate sponsors - including banks and retail site Zalora.

In addition to the corporations, the National Youth Council has supported the project management costs, with a S$25,000 contribution.