Given all the upheavals this year, it seems fitting to end 2020 on a kinder, more charitable note. We’ve rounded up some charity campaigns and initiatives that aim to raise funds for the less fortunate during the season of giving.
Serenity (Acrylic On Canvas) by Ng Siang Hoi
Art has played an important role during periods of prolonged isolation, allowing people with special needs, especially those with less “visible” conditions such as mental health issues or intellectual disabilities, to express themselves freely. It is with this in mind that North East CDC has brought together non-profit organisations and social enterprises across the district to launch ARTiculate @ North East. This virtual art fair showcases and sells curated art pieces created by talented beneficiaries through an online e-commerce site.
ARTiculate kicks off at 8pm, Nov 20 with a live auction on North East CDC’s Facebook page
. Co-hosted by celebrity Joanne Peh, mayor Desmond Choo and Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli, log on and show your support by making your best bid for your favourite art piece. Sale of artworks on the site starts on Nov 20 and ends Dec 20. All proceeds from the sales go to participating non-profit organisations and social enterprises and their beneficiaries.
A one-of-a-kind postcard (part of a set of four) drawn on location in Osaka, Japan
This is a charity initiative launched by two friends, Aditi and Hanming, who work in the tech sector. Moved by the impact COVID-19 pandemic had on society, they decided to launch an art sale to raise funds for the local community. Artwork featured in this campaign—a celebration of travels, food and all the good things in life—are by Hanming, who is also a local artist and illustrator. 100% of net proceeds go to three local charities—Art Outreach
, which supports the local artist community; Aidha
, which aims to enable the foreign domestic worker community; and Food from the Heart
, that aims to alleviate hunger amongst the less fortunate in Singapore. Rouge goes online from Nov 20 till Dec 15.
Like Christmas trees, mistletoes and Santa, the Salvation Army’s kettle pots have become a regular fixture during the holiday season. Spot its kettle pots at various shopping malls to make a donation from Nov 27 to Dec 23. However, following current guidelines on pandemic measures, there won’t be bell-ringers as volunteers are not allowed to collect donations at public venues. Check back on the website
for updates on the locations of the kettle pots. You can also make a donation via its website and bring joy to the underprivileged today.
Let’s Go Code! Activity Set by Learning Resources
Don’t just shop for yourself; do it for the less fortunate. There are now more ways to give back with the Amazon X Retail for Good Wishlist campaign. The online retail giant has teamed up with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s Company of Good to encourage shoppers to donate to non-profit organisations such as Blessings in a Bag, Children’s Wishing Well, Club Rainbow (Singapore), The Food Bank Singapore, Singapore Red Cross and Singapore Children’s Society. Purchase items listed on their Amazon.sg wish lists
and they will be delivered directly to the NPOs.
Unlike previous years where food donations were sought and collected, this year’s Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift charity drive has gone online. Look out for its standees at NTUC FairPrice outlets islandwide and donate via PayNow. You can also donate using other means, through NTUC FairPrice Online, Giving.sg or AXS stations. Funds collected will be used to purchase food hampers and vouchers that will be distributed to over 41,0000 individuals and families. You can also help distribute the vouchers in Dec, just check its website
from Nov 23 for more details.
Join the SG Cares Giving Week movement happening from Dec 1 to 7. Helmed by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in partnership with SG Cares and the National Council of Social Services, SG Cares Giving Week is a national movement that celebrates the spirit of giving—where individuals, leaders, businesses, and non-profit organisations come together to support of the causes they are passionate about.
There are over 100 giving partners taking part this year, and Singaporeans have endless opportunities to contribute to a City of Good. Donate, volunteer, catch performances, join social media challenges or just share your stories of how other individuals and organisations have inspired you to do your part for charity. For more information, visit the website here