More than 80 PA partners recognised for community contributions

(From left) Mr Raymond Wang, Siglap Diabetes Task force and Member, Siglap Citizen's Consultative Committee, Mr Lim Teck Lee, Deputy Principal ( Academic), ITE College East and Mr Tan Hang Kian, PBM- Chairman, Siglap Citizen's Consultative Committee.
(From left) Mr Raymond Wang, Siglap Diabetes Task force and Member, Siglap Citizen's Consultative Committee, Mr Lim Teck Lee, Deputy Principal ( Academic), ITE College East and Mr Tan Hang Kian, PBM- Chairman, Siglap Citizen's Consultative Committee. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - More than 80 corporate and community partners of the People's Association (PA) were presented with awards on Wednesday (July 5) for their contributions to the community.

This is the highest number since the PA Community Spirit Awards were introduced in 2005, with 27 first-time recipients this year including Ngee Ann Polytechnic and JTC Corporation.

Awards are presented to organisations that partner the PA on community initiatives as well as employers of grassroots leaders who support employees' involvement in grassroots organisations.

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East, a longtime collaborator of grassroots organisations and Community Development Councils, received its seventh award this year.

One of its programmes is the Siglap diabetes taskforce, formed last year, where Siglap grassroots members together with nursing students from ITE College East make monthly house visits to identify residents who are diabetic or at high risk for it.

Mr Raymond Wang, vice chairman of the taskforce and member of the Siglap Citizens' Consultative Committee, said: "We realised during house visits that a lot of residents are diabetic so the grassroots came up with this idea to help the needy and elderly who are low-income, and promote healthy living."

Student nurses help to assess residents' risk for diabetes, while the task force also distributes small packets of low glycaemic index rice and organises periodic blood tests at community centres that are open to all residents, said Mr Wang, 48.

Out of the 540 residents visited so far, 40 have been identified as diabetic while 150 are high risk, he said.

Speaking at the awards event at the PA headquarters in Jalan Besar, PA deputy chairman Chan Chung Sing emphasized the role played by the PA and its partners in nation building.

Mr Chan, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, said: "Each year as we grow the number of partners and the quality of partnerships, we are very proud that we are taking small but incremental steps toward a more united and cohesive Singapore."