Launching a vision to transform Singapore into a City of Good

Mr Faris Wong, an artisan from social enterprise Personalised Love, presenting a token of appreciation that he worked on with two others to President Halimah Yacob at the launch of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's new vision yesterday
Mr Faris Wong, an artisan from social enterprise Personalised Love, presenting a token of appreciation that he worked on with two others to President Halimah Yacob at the launch of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's new vision yesterday. They were joined by NVPC chairman Mildred Tan (far left) and chief executive Melissa Kwee.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

NVPC hopes to bring individuals, organisations, leaders together to build a more giving society

Breaking the taboo of discussing end-of-life issues, a law firm and a community organisation worked together to help more than 120 senior citizens understand more about these matters.

In July, TSMP Law Corporation and the Cassia Resettlement Team organised a party at Block 52 Cassia Crescent, where lawyers shared information with seniors on topics such as the Lasting Power of Attorney scheme, the Advance Medical Directive, and wills.

The Cassia Resettlement Team is made up of volunteers who focus on helping senior residents who moved from Dakota Crescent to Cassia Crescent after the former area was slated for redevelopment.

The collaboration is one example of how organisations can contribute to the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's (NVPC) new strategic vision of building a City of Good, said President Halimah Yacob.

The President was speaking as the guest of honour at the launch of NVPC's new vision at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore yesterday.

"The City of Good vision is about bringing individuals, organisations and leaders together to give their best for others. It encourages us to look beyond ourselves and to cultivate a kinder, more caring and giving society," said Madam Halimah.

She added: "There is also a strong desire among Singaporeans to give back, with seven in 10 intending to volunteer in the future, and nine in 10 intending to donate.

"Care is clearly a unifying value, one that is embraced by people of all races, religions, ages and countries of origin."

The previous vision, spelt out in 2003 when the former National Volunteer Centre was relaunched as the NVPC, was to transform Singapore into a giving nation.

The City of Good has three pillars - People of Good, Organisations of Good and Leaders of Good - said NVPC chairman Mildred Tan.

 
 

The previous vision, spelt out in 2003 when NVPC was relaunched from the former National Volunteer Centre, was to transform Singapore into a giving nation.

 
 

"Building a City of Good is not the job of one, but the responsibility of all," she said.

The initiatives under each category aim to create an ecosystem across different sectors and audiences to facilitate giving in all forms.

They include platforms such as Giving.sg, an online portal for donations where more than 200,000 have donated over $17 million from January to September this year; and programmes such as Giving Week, which will run from Dec 1 to 7.

These fall under the People of Good category, which refers to a community where people care for one another, said Mrs Tan.

Organisations and community leaders can also contribute to the other pillars through other NVPC-led initiatives.

Building a City of Good is a "long game", said Mrs Tan. "We will achieve it by collaborating, enabling and uplifting each other."

NVPC said that it will announce more details on the City of Good next year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Launching a vision to transform Singapore into a City of Good'. Print Edition | Subscribe