Netball: Charity matches see $15k raised for Rainbow Centre at Deloitte Pesta Sukan event

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu with the ball during the charity match.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu with the ball during the charity match.PHOTO: NETBALL SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Business chiefs, NorthLight School (NLS) students, celebrities, Deloitte staff, and Team Singapore netballers played two charity matches in aid of Rainbow Centre Singapore at Deloitte Pesta Sukan 2016 on Saturday morning.

A total of $15,000 was raised to help the Rainbow Centre, which runs two schools for students with special needs, with the construction of a campus extension.

Retired Team Singapore captain Micky Lin and Team Singapore vice-captain Charmaine Soh led the teams in the first match, which also featured Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Philip Yuen, CEO of Deloitte South-east Asia and Singapore.

Other invited participants included CEOs and senior management of companies like Singtel and Fullerton Health, who donated at least $500 each to take part. Deloitte matched their donations dollar for dollar.

Yuen said: "Partnering Netball Singapore and being the title sponsor for Pesta Sukan 2016 has given us a new avenue to fulfil our purpose - to make an impact in our community.

"We are very encouraged by the overwhelming support we received from the netball community, our partners and friends, who have helped made these year's event successful."

NLS played their first public match since Deloitte and Netball Singapore helped launch netball as a CCA in January this year. They faced a team of celebrities including actors Paige Chua, Jade Seah, Paul Foster, Shine Koh, Joey Feng, host Barbara Latimer, model Yumiko Hoskin and 938Live sports editor Philip Goh.

Jessica Tan, Member of Parliament (East Coast GRC), and president of Netball Singapore said: "Deloitte is a great sponsor to be associated with and their partnership has definitely helped to enhance the event. It's great that the netball community is able to come together to raise funds for the underprivileged and it is also heartening to see that interest in the sport continues to grow."

Tan Sze Wee, executive director of Rainbow Centre Singapore added: "Rainbow Centre is delighted that Deloitte has chosen us to be their beneficiary this year. Their contribution increases our capacity to better serve more students."

Deloitte Pesta Sukan 2016, which took place over two weekends, saw a turnout of 110 teams involving over 1,400 participants and volunteers.