National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre launches its vision of Singapore as City of Good

Mr Faris Wong (left), artisan from Personalised Love, presents a token of appreciation to President Halimah Yacob at the launch of City of Good on Oct 14, 2019.
Mr Faris Wong (left), artisan from Personalised Love, presents a token of appreciation to President Halimah Yacob at the launch of City of Good on Oct 14, 2019.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

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

In July this year, TSMP Law Corporation and the Cassia Resettlement Team organised a party at Block 52 Cassia Crescent, where lawyers shared with the elderly folk on topics such as lasting power of attorney, advanced medical directives and wills.

Cassia Resettlement Team is made up of volunteers who focus on helping elderly residents who moved from Dakota Crescent to Cassia Crescent after their 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.

She was speaking on Monday (Oct 14) as the guest of honour at the launch of NVPC's new vision at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel.

"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 NVPC was relaunched from the former National Volunteer Centre, 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.

"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 of all forms.

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

These fall under the People of Good category, which is 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,” she added. 

NVPC said it will announce more details on the City of Good in 2020.