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ComChest raises S$152m through movement

The Community Chest and more than 200 voluntary welfare organisations raised more than S$152 million through its Care and Share Movement over the last seven months. 

SINGAPORE: The Community Chest and more than 200 voluntary welfare organisations raised more than S$152 million through its Care and Share Movement over the last seven months. The amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government, bringing the total figure to more than S$300 million.

The Care and Share movement held an early morning walk at the Marina Bay area on Sunday (Aug 3). About 8,800 people took part, helping to raise about S$1.5 million for the less fortunate.

They were joined by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing.

The movement by ComChest has raised the S$152 million through 700 events so far in the lead up to Singapore's 50th birthday. The money will be disbursed to 209 voluntary welfare organisations to help them employ more staff, start new services and improve their IT capabilities.

Phillip Tan, chairman of Community Chest, said: “VWOs do not spend too much on information technology because it is very hard to spend money donated directly on what you call non-direct services, which is just improving your information capabilities. But that is very important because without that, if you don't improve your information technology, you would not be able to get so-called background and the history to be able to reach out to the donors.

“We hope some new services will be started. One of the new ones which we are supporting is the Enabling Village. We're also trying to raise money for a fleet of handicap vehicles to be shared among the handicapped because transport for (these people) is still a problem in Singapore.” 

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