TCTF’s COVID-19 Response

CEO Message

“The coronavirus pandemic snowballed a reset on every facet of our lives. On the values we hold dear. On the people and relationships we need to repair, heal and cherish more. From March 2021, I will be transitioning from the foundation after leading it for 13 years. The journey has been humbling and rewarding, from spearheading new programmes to expanding its domestic and regional grant portfolio in the areas of education, healthcare, aged, special needs and a group close to my heart – disadvantaged children and youth in Singapore and the ASEAN region. COVID-19 presented several opportunities in bringing partners together to improve the lives of many pockets of our community in need of extra support and encouragement. Let’s continue to do more and better.” – Yap Su-Yin

 

Emergency Relief Funding

-Food for the Aged

-Helping Needy Children access laptops and overcome the Digital Divide

-Creating Jobs for furloughed breadwinners

-Extending educational support to needy students and scholars.

 

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TCTF partnered a number of charities to make sure isolated and frail seniors in our community didn’t face any stoppage to their food supply. Our combined efforts ensured regular nourishment and timely medical first-aid, in spite of the restrictions to movement during the Circuit breaker period and especially when the restrictions were extended.

Partners were: Care Corner Singapore, Food from the Heart, TOUCH Community Services, Singapore Red Cross Society, Man Fut Tong Welfare Society, Beyond Social Services, Engineering Good, The Salvation Army, Project Chulia Street, Migrant Workers’ Centre Singapore and more.

In several instances, the donations were given to bring about cascading impact. For e.g. TCTF’s grant to TOUCH Community Services provided food hygiene packs for needy seniors. It also supported delivery jobs for breadwinners, who lost their jobs and paired them up with needy seniors who needed daily meals.

The grant to Singapore Red Cross (SRC) was an extension of TCTF’s past support to SRC’s HoME+ (Home Monitoring and Eldercare), to offer medical first aid and assistance. This enabled SRC to touch base again with the home-bound frail elderly in the HoME+ database.

In the case of Engineering Good (EG), We linked the charity to help the beneficiaries of another TCTF-supported charity, The Salvation Army (TSA). Consequently, EG refurbished 33 laptops for TSA’s ‘Kids-In-Play’ beneficiaries and gifted these as Christmas gifts.

On the education front, TCTF’s Council swiftly approved the release of half a million from its Tan Chin Tuan Centennial endowment funds at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), to be deployed by the varsity to needy undergraduates. Inclusive of Singaporeans, PRs and international students, the amount of up to $1,500 each, helped hundreds of NTU students facing financial challenges to tide through a difficult period.

At the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), where the varsity kicked off a COVID-19 Student Relief Fund, TCTF ramped up its donation to include extra funding support to past as well as existing Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan scholars, including an additional year of scholarship support for those who qualified for it.

We drew on the vast network of scholars and their peers to gather more than 50 volunteers in over 6 countries to collaborate on many community initiatives, drawing them together to do good by volunteering for our signature programmes, for eg More Than Words “Inside (Out): Home, Home, Heal, Project Cheer, Project Solid Gold, and more.

TCTF donation supported charities and causes in different parts of Singapore to spread out the assistance. In the area of food and essential care supplies, we supported Care Corner at Toa Payoh, Food From The Heart at Punggol West, Man Fut Tong Welfare Society at Hougang.

 

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NUS Greater Good Series

“If we want our children to take care of us and of the society. We have to lead by example.”                 – Ms Chew Gek Hiang

“Paying it forward”, the latest in the Greater Good Series events organised by the National University of Singapore, brought to life the concept of the circle of giving through the stories of the late Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan, as told by his granddaughter Ms Chew Gek Hiang, and Mr Lee Kok Wah. Ms Chew, council member of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, recounted that her grandfather realised that education was key to achieving success in life. As such, the Foundation he founded in 1976 continues to support mainly educational causes and help others achieve their potential, so they can, in turn, contribute to society. Ms Chew also shared about the value of giving back and the role that Philanthropy plays in our world today.

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YMCA of Singapore

The YMCA-Tan Chin Tuan Community Service Programmes are funded by TCTF since 2007. TCTF organised a TCT Photo Contest 2012 during Y-Proms 2012. A public photo exhibition of the 19 winning photos captured by the beneficiaries from various charities was held at the YMCA Hostel. Launched during the National Day celebrations in August themed ‘iCherish’, the contest and month-long exhibition celebrated the ties of families and friends forged across generations. By not funding charities, but collaborating with them on worthwhile projects, we believe our impact can be multiplied.

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Tan Chin Tuan Photo Contest ‘iCherish’

On 24th August 2012, the Tan Chin Tuan Photo Contest 2012 Award Ceremony and Exhibiton was held at the YMCA. The programme was hosted by Council Member, Ms Chew Gek Hiang and Deputy CEO, Ms Yap Su-Yin. 60 guests from 12 organisations were present.
Themed “iCherish”, the contest celebrated family ties and bonds of friendship across the different generations. More than 4,500 entries were submitted by participants who captured significant moments to be cherished using disposable cameras sponsored by the foundation.

The 19 winning photos are being showcased at the YMCA, Y-Cafe (level 4) till the end of September 2012. In appreciation of the assistance rendered by charitable organisations within our community, charities supporting these winners have been gifted a portion of the prize money.

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Community Justice Centre

To help needy litigants-in-person at the Subordinate Courts access justice and social services better, the foundation gave seed funding for a new charitable organisation called the Community Justice Centre (CJC) to be set at the State Courts of Singapore. This non-profit entity will help unrepresented litigants with social assistance and pro-bono legal access.

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Community Chest

The foundation also stepped up its contributions in areas where funding gaps were more critical. Over the years, the foundation donated more than a million dollars to ComChest which benefitted 12 social service programmes from various charitable organisations. Charities which received our support included AS-Salaam PPIS Family Support Centre and HELP Family Service Centre which support single-parent families, HCA Hospice Care and Asian Women’s Welfare Organisation (AWWA) which renders caregiver support services, as well as Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Association for Person with Special Needs (APSN) which support people with disabilities to lead independent lives.

In recognition of our support to the social service sector, the foundation was awarded the Corporate Gold Award in 2011/2012 by the Community Chest.

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