Community food packs were distributed directly to seniors and low-income families. Photo: Food From The Heart

Man Fut Tong Welfare Society: Volunteers prepared fresh supplies of fruits and vegetables for vulnerable seniors.

Man Fut Tong Welfare Society: Distribution point at the HDB void deck was accessible by seniors living nearby.

Man Fut Tong Welfare Society: Back to school packs were distributed to single-parent, needy households with children last December.

TCTF CEO Ms Yap Su-Yin distributed a "My Circuit Breaker Microblog Series" - an activity journal for children to record their reflections during Singapore's COVID-19 Circuit Breaker period (7 April to 1 June 2020).

TCTF team produced the More Than Words 2020 "Inside Out - Home, Hope, Heal' book. a compilation of poems, short stories and illustrations by children, youths, migrant and frontline workers from TCTF-supported partners.

TCTF’s COVID-19 Response

11 Feb 2021

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.