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Jan - Apr 2014 | Issue 1

We present the inaugural issue of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) e-Newsletter, 'Our Philosophy of Giving'. We would like to kick things off with a special message from Ms Yap Su-Yin, CEO of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation about our TCTF initiatives and approach to giving. We roll out our plans for three TCTF signature programmes - More Than Words, Project Solid Gold and Project Cheer for 2014. Read on for more.
"Welcome to the first issue of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation e-Newsletter, “Our Philosophy of Giving”. It highlights vignettes of how the foundation and its supported charities are contributing to the non-profit sector.

We are constantly on the look-out for viable proposals and charity champions to make a difference together in big and little ways. In recent years, our funding has borne fruits in our priority areas of education and community development.
To promote mental well-being, the foundation supported Brahm Centre, which offers activities and courses that promote happy and healthy living. The foundation also seeded the set up of the Community Justice Centre to offer free legal and emotional support to needy litigants in person. This charity ensures access to justice through community partnership. It is the first of its kind in Singapore and in the region.
 
Likewise, our projects have triggered useful connections across varied beneficiary groups serving the aged, the sick, youth-at-risk, and more. These initiatives reiterate our giving in strategic ways for a good cause. 

Our signature programmes include our newest educational initiative “More Than Words", where creative potential collide with creative opportunities. A stimulating series of events orchestrated by the foundation and its partners await participating charities.  By the year-end, over 600 children from vulnerable backgrounds in Singapore and Malaysia would have journeyed with us through drama, dance, poetry and storytelling.

Due to popular demand, we will also be extending our elderly wellness project “Project Solid Gold”, as well as  “Project Cheer”, a befriending programme which brings together the young and old.  

We hope you enjoy learning more about the foundation and its philanthropic work in Singapore and ASEAN.
 
Yap Su-Yin
Chief Executive Officer
Highlights

On 8 February this year, at our annual Chinese New Year Open House, over 300 guests from our business and philanthropic networks visited the Tan Chin Tuan Mansion to reconnect and renew ties with one another. View our photo montage.

The Community Justice Centre (CJC) was launched in 2013 to help needy litigants in person navigate the legal and judiciary processes in the courts of Singapore. Representatives from the partner agencies entered a Memorandum of Understanding on 20 June 2012 to establish the charity. (From left to right: Mr Chan Heng Kee, Perm. Sec (Ministry of Social and Family Development), Mr Chew Kwee San, Vice Chairman of CJC & council member of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, Chief Justice Mr Sundaresh Menon, Patron of CJC, then-Chief District Judge Mr Tan Siong Thye, now Judicial Commissioner at the Supreme Court, Mr Beh Swan Gin, Perm. Sec (Ministry of Law), Mr Lok Vi Ming, Board member of CJC & President of The Law Society of Singapore).

The Community Justice Centre (CJC), set up with seed funding from the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, serves those in need of legal and emotional support. Last year, 6,000 members of the public sought assistance ranging from pro bono legal advice, referrals to partnering government agencies, to the completion of formal applications. Click here to keep up with the initiatives of the CJC in 2014.

(Clockwise from top left corner: The 6th President of Singapore Mr S.R Nathan with (clockwise from His Excellency's left) Mr Henry Baey, Board member of Brahm Centre, Ms Angie Chew Monksfield, founder and Executive Director of Brahm Centre, Ms Yap Su-Yin, CEO of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation and Mr Yap Eu Win, Board member of Brahm Centre; Dr Peter Mack, the author of 'The Day The Ball Didn't Bounce', presenting his keynote address; Dr Mack autographing copies of his book for the audience.

To encourage youths to develop a resilient mindset to challenges, Ms Angie Chew Monksfield, founder and Executive Director of Brahm Centre produced a book with the help of volunteers. Authored by Dr Peter Mack and edited by Ms Yap Su-Yin, "The Day The Ball Didn't Bounce" is based on a family's pain after their young son took his own life. Read about the 1 April book launch of "The Day The Ball Didn't Bounce".

The inaugural Charity Governance Conference (CGC) 2014 organised by the Charity Council was attended by over 350 participants from 200 charities. Click here for an overview of the session where the foundation's CEO and winners of both 2012 and 2013 Charity Governance Awards  discussed the impact of good governance practices on charities.

Professor Cham Tao Soon, council member of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation and the Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) first president, penned a book titled "The Making of NTU: My Story". The book was launched on 30 March 2014 and is available at major bookstores.

Prof Cham said in a 7 April interview published by The Straits Time, "My story is meant to be as truthful as possible, with parts of it on how I dealt with bureaucracy, Nanyang University alumni and other stakeholders. This wasn't just a project to start a technological university, but also part of a solution to address the economic and political challenges of the time."

Programme highlights  featured in this issue include  our latest installation of "More Than Words", the awarding of 2014 scholarships, as well as the 2014 roll out of our signature initiatives such as  "Project Cheer" and "Project Solid Gold".

More Than Words

"More Than Words"
2014 rolls out!

The foundation kicked off its creative plans for 'More Than Words' with a "hairy" treat  for less privileged children and youth. On 21 March, the play 'Rapunzel', brought the magic of theatre to children. Click here to find out about this 'hair-raising' performance enjoyed by our beneficiaries.

View a photo montage of some of our activities for 'More Than Words' in 2013!

Outreach to the Elderly

Project Cheer is in its fifth year! This programme bridges inter-generational gaps by bringing people of different backgrounds and age groups together to bring cheer to others.

Bonded through a mutual passion for improving the mental well-being of elderly home residents, our volunteers have been working hard for the past  12 runs of "Project Cheer".

"Project Cheer" is one of the many collaborations with our partners and beneficiaries. The foundation is looking forward to spreading joy to our pioneers again this year.

PSG stands for "Project Solid Gold". The  initiative identifies charities in need of cost-effective and simple-to-use exercise equipment. These are installed for free.

A TCTF consultant coaches caregivers, charities' staff and volunteers, as well as elderly users on how to use the equipment properly. Complimentary exercise DVDs offer a step-by-step guide to the recommended workouts. 

For more information on PSG and how the programme improves the users' physical and emotional well-being through exercise, visit us here.

"Being older or retired doesn't mean that we can't continue to help. I have a good life so I want to pass it on to those in need."
- Mr Jackson Chia, President
Active Retirees' Association (ARA)

TCTF visited the ARA's Giveaway Drive on 24 January 2014. Click here to discover how we helped make movement safer for the elderly at home.

Find out more about how an active retiree can help others here.

Education

Congratulations to our NAFA award recipients!

Over the years, through our scholarships and awards, TCTF has supported many promising young individuals to achieve their potential.

Five Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) award recipients recently received their scholarships in Creative Education and Merit Awards. Discover the motivations behind these young talents and what it takes to be a Tan Chin Tuan Scholar.

Our work in ASEAN

We treated children from charities supported by Tan Sri Tan Foundation, our foundation in Malaysia, to a deliciously energetic puppetry show by I Theatre.

Children from the Chempaka Welfare Home and the Taman Megah's Handicapped and Disabled Children's Home in Kuala Lumpur laughed and cheered with the characters in the interactive musical 'The Magic Porridge Pot'.

The little ones also got a chance to snap a photo together with the cast!

The famous Thai smile makes an appearance during an art lesson held in Mae Pon Village, Chiang Rai. 

The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation  (TCTF) regularly partners other family foundations to help the   needy.

We worked with the Pistorio Foundation to improve the literacy of children living in rural Thailand.  TCTF  sponsored a classroom for the village primary school in Mae Pon Village, Chiang Rai, as part of our strong belief in the education cause. This helped to increase the enrollment in the school.

Through this partnership, both foundations provided a conducive environment for these children to study well and play safely.

Interns' Diary

The 'out-of-this-world' TCTF notice board that was proudly created by our interns, Samuel and Jeethi.

For about six weeks in March and April, the TCTF office was enlivened by our energetic interns. Read more about their experiences.

We offer our interns direct exposure to our work in the foundation. Through practical experiences in the social services sector, they learn to look beyond their horizons, empathise and volunteer with TCTF-supported charities.

Find out more  about the TCTF internship programme.

Upcoming Event
In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, 11 May 2014, 6 to 7pm, join us for the Tan Chin Tuan Music-For-All SSO Classics In The Park: Mother's Day Concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens! Click on the poster  above for more details or  get more information here.
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