SINGAPORE: 209 voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) have joined the Care & Share Movement.
Together with the Community Chest, which is leading the movement, they will be organising some 870 fund-raising and volunteerism projects this year to optimise the S$250 million government matching grant set aside for the sector.
In January this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had called on VWOs to come together through the Care & Share Movement and nurture the community spirit of helping those with less.
Phillip Tan, chairman of Community Chest and the Care & Share committee, said: "We are very pleased by the strong support given by the VWOs towards the Care & Share Movement, which is gaining momentum as a sector-wide effort with the participation of 209 VWOs supporting a wide range of social service causes.
“We also urge corporations, foundations and individuals to come forward to contribute to the movement and help VWOs to raise capabilities and provide social service programmes to better serve needy and less fortunate Singaporeans."
Three of the most popular types of fund-raisers that will be organised by VWOs in the movement are related to sports, food and entertainment.
Organisers plan to hold walkathons, charity golf events, charity carnivals, gala dinners and luncheons, fairs, performances, movies and concerts this year to show their support for the sector. - CNA/xq
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