Launch of Wall Mural ‘Singapore, Our Home Always’

As a way for Tan Chin Tuan Foundation scholars to hone their skills and contribute to the community, more than 20 staff, interns and students from TCTF and NAFA spent two weeks in May to paint and liven up the walls of the Society for the Aged Sick. The wall mural, which was designed by TCTF-NAFA scholars, depicts historical sights, activities and iconic places in Singapore.

On 6 August 2017, our talented NAFA scholars and friends took the stage to perform an original skit for the official launch of the wall mural, ‘Singapore, Our Home Always’. This was held in conjunction with ACE Senior’s National Day celebrations, at Society for the Aged Sick, which was supported by TCTF. There was much joy and laughter as a young lady & her grandma took the elderly residents on a trip down memory lane which even saw mural characters such as the Samsui woman, Teh Tarik man and Trishaw puller come alive. The elderly were thrilled by the performance and even sang harmoniously to a spontaneous rendition of a popular mandarin song.

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Handover Ceremony of the Private Papers of Tan Sri

The private papers of the late Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan were handed over to ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute on 8 March 2016. Present to grace the occasion were TCTF Council members Ms Chew Gek Hiang and Mr Chew Kwee San, Mr Tan Chin Tiong, Director of ISEAS, Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the ISEAS Board of Trustees and distinguished guests. 

Guests viewed a video presentation on the archival process of preserving and digitizing the papers as well as gained insight on key aspects of the collection. This was followed by a guided tour of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak library where Tan Sri’s private collection would be stored. Tan Sri played key roles in the fields of business, politics and philanthropy in Singapore’s history. His papers have been entrusted to the institution to contribute towards documenting the development of Singapore’s socio-economic landscape in the 1950s to 1990s.

Ms Chew shared how her grandfather, Tan Sri, had impressed upon her the importance of not just giving money, but the giving of oneself. “He was a person who upheld his beliefs and convictions. If anyone is influenced upon reading his private papers, I think that would be one of his best contributions.”

Media coverage: The Straits Times, LianHe ZaoBao and Berita Harian.

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With Love, We See

The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) recently celebrated Valentine’s Day with 40 beneficiaries and staff of the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) on 14 February 2013. Eight couples and their friends, all blind or with low vision, enjoyed a nature stroll at MacRitchie Reservoir Park accompanied by staff and volunteers from TCTF and SAVH. After which, everyone got together at the White Cane Clubhouse in SAVH for a hearty lunch hosted by the TCTF.

While they ate, our interns and volunteers entertained the audience with a lively repertoire of songs to sing along with. The beneficiaries also received Polo tees hand-painted with the theme “With LOVE, we SEE” in English, Chinese and Braille, which they happily wore on the spot for photo taking. In commemoration of the ongoing Chinese New Year festivities, the SAVH staff and beneficiaries also received Ang Pows and well-wishes individually from Ms. Yap Su-Yin, CEO of TCTF. Finally, the afternoon became more poignant as several couples shared their love stories with us, including interesting anecdotes and marriage tips for the younger ones!

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Cantonese Storytelling (A Tribute to Lee Dai Sor)

Held at the Asian Civilisations Museum Ngee Ann Auditorium on 5th September 2012, “A Tribute to Lee Dai Sor” was a Cantonese storytelling session that narrated historical recounts of the Samsui Women of Singapore to an audience of 144 elderly from various eldercare organisations including Yong-En Care Centre, Care Corner Senior Activity Centre, Moral Senior Activity Centre, Shanyou Wellness Centre and Villa Francis Nursing Home.

The storyteller, Miss Lee Swee Har, was a student of the late Mr Lee Dai Sor. She captivated the audience with her interesting and genuine expressions.

Gracing the event was Mr Chew Kwee San, one of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation’s Council Members. Mrs Lee, the late Mr Lee Dai Sor’s wife, and a Samsui Woman also graced the event with their presence.

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I ♥ Sports” Series (netball)

TCTF’s inaugural “I ♥ Sports” series started with netball as the first sport. In collaboration with our beneficiary, Netball Singapore, and Chen Su Lan Methodist Home, TCTF organised the netball coaching sessions for the girls in the Home. Three coaching sessions were conducted for 15 girls on a fortnightly basis from mid-January to mid-February.

The National coach from Netball Singapore and six National Players coached the children, with the support of our volunteers, TCTF Scholars, Cheryl, Laura and Catharine. The children were coached in basic ball-passing and shooting skills in the first two sessions and played a little match during the final session. The TCTF team presented prizes to the children for their participation and enthusiasm. The children enjoyed their time with their ‘jie jie’ coaches.

As a finale to the series, 10 children from the Home will be spectators at the FairPrice Foundation NSL Opening Ceremony, hosted by Netball Singapore.

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National Day Celebration

On the 13 Aug 2011, Saturday, 500 beneficiaries from the elderly and youth clusters were invited to share and celebrate in the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation’s National Day Celebration event – A Walk Down Memory Lane.

The event was held at ACS Barker Road with beneficiaries treated to an hour long concert that consisted of acts ranging from the ACSBR Chinese orchestra troupe to an Indian dance item led by Hwa Chong Institution. We had the privilege of also having the performers from the following groups, Y-Stars (YMCA), YMCA Korean Mums, Dance@ACS and Happy Mondays ending the concert with their rendition of the song ‘Home’ composed by Dick Lee and sung by four students from the Little Arts Academy. It was a song aptly chosen to end the concert as it brought to mind the reason why we called Singapore, Our Home.

The festivities ended with a dinner reception held for all guests and volunteers. Boy Scouts from ACS Barker were helpfully serving the elderly guests with food and dessert that included local delights such as Mee Siam and Attap Chee (Palm Nut) ice cream servedon a cone, cup and/or traditionally and memorably on good old fashioned multi-coloured bread. Many of the beneficiaries left the venue sated with food and good cheer; and wide smiles were seen on every face leaving the premise that evening.

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National Day Photography Contest Award Ceremony

As part of the TCTF National Day Photography Contest, a tea and an award ceremony was held at the Tan Chin Tuan Mansion. All winning participants from 11 different organisation and their representatives were invited to the conserved Tan Chin Tuan Mansion to receive their awards. TCTF Council members and Judges gathered to meet with the winners over a Tea Ceremony. All guests had the privilege of a guided tour around the Mansion which is open to invited guests only.

The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation held a National Day themed photography contest for all its beneficiaries called “My 24 Hours: My Singapore, My Home”. This was an opportunity for the less fortunate to capture and share their personal experiences of their celebration of National Day.

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The Russell Lee Fright Fest

The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) treated 100 guests from seven TCTF groups at The Art House to dinner, a “scariest-dressed”competition, and to ghost stories told by three professional storytellers from the USA.

Alton Chung, Bobby Norfolk shared spectral tales from different parts of the world with our guests, who came from groups such as Children-At-Risk Empowerment (CARE) Singapore, Boys’Town, Yong-En Care Centre , Ling Kwang Youth Centre and Centre for Seniors, as well as the Storytelling Association of Singapore.

The treat was part of our ongoing Birth Centennial celebrations of Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan.

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Storytelling @ Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

TCTF youth beneficiaries were given the opportunity to be part of National Book Development Council of Singapore’s Storytelling Festival. The youths from various organisations were invited to watch the full dress rehearsal of acclaimed storyteller Mr Roger Jenkins’s performance at Singapore Management University.

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Storytelling Association Community Outreach

“Long forgotten pearls of wisdom and ancient treasure waiting to be rediscovered by a new generation.”

This storytelling event presented by the Storytelling Association (Singapore) featured live storytelling performances workshops where the youths exchanged stories with the adults.

The youths learned first hand about the history and development of Singapore.

One thing has not changed over generations, being mischievous in school and giving parents a “headache” for not studying.

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