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Central Singapore CDC pledges to help more residents

The Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) wants to help more among the 975,000 residents it serves, do well and do good.

SINGAPORE: The Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) wants to help more among the 975,000 residents it serves, do well and do good.

That is the pledge of the CDC's 8th council, which was appointed on Saturday (July 12).

Over the next three months, the council will identify and prioritise the key needs to focus on.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was at the appointment ceremony where he handed out certificates of appointment to the District Councillors.

Coming from the private, public and social sectors, 40 per cent of the 62 members are first-timers.

The newcomers could help provide fresh perspectives as the council strives to do more for residents with diverse needs and income groups.

Central Singapore District Mayor Denise Phua, who is also MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, said: "There will be groups that we look at beyond the lower-income group, up to the average income and even the higher-income.

“So that those who are not doing well, those that are doing poorly, we help them to do well and those that already doing well, we help them to do even better."

The scope of the CDC assistance will extend to include total wellness of the communities, ranging from cognitive to physical well-being.

Groups including children, youths, adults, Professionals, Managers, Executives and Businessmen (PMEB) and seniors are being targeted.

Sarjit Singh, District Councillor at Central Singapore CDC, said: "In Central Singapore, we have the largest number of elderly and we recognise that many of them may not be aware of the various schemes that are available, and we would like to make sure we reach out to them."

Another District Councillor at Central Singapore CDC, Dorothy Ng, said: "For my previous volunteer work, I have been working a lot with children and I used to work in the museum for about seven years. So my interest is in the arts and culture as well. So I hope to do some projects that will bring the children with special needs closer to the arts."

Partners will be roped in to develop some of those programmes.  

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