Together, we can co-create an inclusive, caring nation

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) applauds Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife Ho Ching for affirming - on the global stage - the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities ("Pathlight students in the spotlight"; Monday).

We also thank Madam Betty Ho Peck Woon for her feedback ("Raise more awareness of lesser-known intellectual disabilities"; Forum Online, Aug 4).

NVPC's mission to encourage the spirit of giving and volunteerism in Singapore is one that aims to encompass supporting all individuals, no matter how diverse their abilities or needs are.

One platform to help reach this goal is through our portal.

It enables various non-profit organisations (NPOs) to raise awareness and funds for their work, including those serving groups of people with varying intellectual disabilities.

Some of these NPOs have included the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, Rainbow Centre and Special Olympics Singapore.

Our annual President's Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards has also provided opportunities to shine the spotlight on people with intellectual disabilities. In the 2014 awards, one of our winners was Runninghour, an inclusive running organisation that has been actively organising runs for people with varied abilities, promoting a buddy system where mutual guidance and support are fostered between the different runners.

As we embark on the next chapter of nation building, NVPC looks forward to more avenues and partnerships that will forge a more caring and inclusive community among Singaporeans, no matter what challenges they face.

An inclusive society, in its ideal state, does not view a person as having intellectual disabilities - inclusivity sees all of us as, simply, just us. Together, we go further.

Charlotte Goh (Ms)

Director, Advocacy

National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2016, with the headline 'Together, we can co-create an inclusive, caring nation'. Print Edition | Subscribe