‘Tis the season to share love and joy. If you’re looking for a way to give back to our community in a meaningful way this Christmas, look no further! We have compiled a list of some worthy causes in Singapore that could use some love this holiday season. Check out the list and then take action to #dogood in our community.
Honor a teacher, friend, neighbor or family member with your gift of hope. Select a needed item from Caring from Cambodia´s online Giving Tree catalog. Every recipient will receive a CFC ornament and a card letting them know of your thoughtful gift. Or, if you prefer, we can ship the ornament to you, and you can give it to them personally.
Your gift will change a child’s life! Thank you for your continued support!
CFC wishes you the happiest of holiday seasons!
Everyone loves a bargain and Singaporeans are no exception. The Singapore Red Cross Thrift stores are a bargain hunters dream come true! And every dollar spent helps to support the Red Cross in their disaster aid and relief efforts throughout the region. A win-win we say!
Piqued your interest? We promise you it’s rewarding, fun and something everyone should try at least once!
The Singapore Red Cross operates two thrift stores, one at 62 JalanKhairuddin and the other at 15 Penang Lane. Both of these offer new and pre-loved merchandise and at almost unbelievably discounted prices.
I spent weeks volunteering at the Penang Lane Shop and was asked to work on Mondays or Wednesdays or both. During the course of my days I saw newly received merchandise sorted, priced and stocked on Mondays. On Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm the store is open to the public and volunteers such as myself, helped customers locate items, try on clothes or shoes and bag or carry purchased merchandise.
Think volunteering needs a lot of time? As a volunteer at The Singapore Red Cross one is not required to stay for the entire day but simply to help out as long as one can. There’s also a $5.00 stipend to pay for lunch.
Most of the merchandise itself is new and donated by shops and stores in Singapore. When I was working there in January, a shipment of branded women's tops from Macy's arrived. All were priced at $1. Dozens of pairs of new women's shoes also came in and were priced at $1 per pair. Now that is a bargain!
In addition to clothing and shoes, the store also carries small kitchen appliances and dishware, costume jewellery and sunglasses and many toys and stuffed animals for the children.
The permanent staff members are friendly and very helpful so there is no need to be nervous or to feel awkward about coming in to help.
If you’ve got bargain shopping on your mind, head there soon or better still, give a part of your valuable time as a volunteer! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the Singapore Red Cross Shop, visit the expatgiving website or just click here to fill out a brief application. Giving back and scoring a bargain - what’s not to love!
With Christmas coming close, here are some ideas of #dogood things you can do in Singapore:
The Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift project is a national community service project organized annually by The Boys' Brigade in Singapore, and is supported by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).
This project is:
The theme: "Have a Heart, Share a Gift" clearly summaries the project's purposes. Since the launch of BBSG in 1988, the objectives of the project are:
The BBSG was inaugurated in 1988, with a collection of 7,000 gifts.This year marks the 30th anniversary for BBSG. Held during the Christmas season this has proven to be a very effective way to promote the spirit of caring and sharing among Singaporeans.
Get involved here
Last year’s Earth Film Festival, Singapore’s first crowd-based film festival, was a success with more than 250 private screenings of internationally-acclaimed sustainability films hosted in homes and offices across Singapore. This year, its organisers have decided to merge with the Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF).
The Earth Film Festival is now known as the SGEFF’s crowd-based arm. Inspire yourself and your friends, family, and colleagues by hosting one of seven environmental films in your home or other private venue. It's free and as easy as 1, 2, 3 at their website. Registration closes Sept 8 or earlier for some films they have limited copies of.
Why host? We often don't talk about sustainability with people close to us, even though many of us are concerned! This event helps get the conversation started, and hopefully leads to a lifelong journey to sustainability that you support each other in :)
Choose a film and register here: http://www.sgeff.com/host-a-screening
Whats the impact?
Organiser of the crowd-based film festival and founder of Earth Film Festival Michael Broadhead said joining SGEFF is a “positive way to help inspire effective change while being part of a larger movement. By having a crowd-based film festival, families and friends can have a fun, shared experience that empowers them to support and motivate each other.
The ASEAN Social Impact Awards will be launched for the first time in 2017 in partnership with Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), NUS Department of Social Work, Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund and Ashoka.
This Award identifies and further encourages individuals from the citizen sector with a strong drive and vision to resolve social issues, thereby creating positive social impact in their respective communities in the ASEAN region.
The inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Award will honour Dr. Ee Peng Liang’s generous contributions as the founding father of the charity sector in Singapore. The award is inspired by an individual with a selfless drive to uplift communities in need as well as an active philanthropist who focused on supporting causes that made a lasting change. Hence, the Award will not only celebrate social impact organizations but will also convene philanthropists committed to collective action for community betterment in the ASEAN region.
Candidates and their initiatives would also be assessed based on social impact, entrepreneurial quality, innovation quality and sustainability. The candidate’s area of work can include sectors such as economic development, migrants, environment, health and nutrition, ageing, learning and education and others.
Three winners will be selected, and each winner will receive a cash prize of up to S$50,000 to further scale the impact of their work.
We ask you to take a few minutes and nominate social entrepreneurs making a difference in the ASEAN community today.
Click here to: apply or nominate now for the ASEAN Social Impact Awards
Applications are open until 29 July 2017. You can apply directly or nominate a social entrepreneur for the award.
Last week, millions of people across the world took an hour out of their day, overcame their fears, and let a stranger stick a needle into their vein. In doing so, these people were helping to save a life. Potentially three lives. These people were donating their blood.
Wednesday 14 June was World Blood Donor Day 2017. You may have seen Singapore Red Cross’ campaign posters in the MRT station on your way to work. You may have seen the large format image of a bag filled with deep red blood, shuddered, and thought “not for me”. You may have simply walked straight past it, your head down as you checked your inbox. You wouldn’t have been alone. Many people are turned off by giving blood for a number of reasons: they’re scared of needles; are too busy; don’t want to feel weak afterwards; don’t think they have any blood to spare; don’t think their blood is needed; don’t want to catch AIDS.
The actual donation of a pint of whole blood unit takes no more than ten minutes
I hate needles
Trypanophobia, a phobia of needles and injections, is a very real thing experienced by 10 percent of the population. But actually, most donors will tell you that you feel only an initial pinch as the needle goes in, and then seven to 10 minutes later you’re done. Including registration, the whole process takes an hour. One hour. This could mean a lifetime to a premature baby, a cancer sufferer having to go through chemotherapy, or someone who has been severely injured in an accident. Suddenly your fear of needles doesn’t compare with the fear of losing a child, a parent, or a spouse, because you can’t get a blood transfusion for them.
Your body will replace the donated blood within 24 hours
I don’t have enough blood
The average adult body has 10-12 pints of blood. You will donate less than one pint, and your body, which constantly makes new blood, will replace the donated volume within 24 hours. Most people continue their usual activities after donating. You just might need a biscuit and a drink to give you a boost and help you on your way. You can give blood every 56 days. Many donors give five times a year.
Why should I donate blood?
Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. That’s more than 400 units of blood a day, and 120,000 units of blood every year. With an ageing population, more advanced life-saving medical procedures, and new hospitals being established, more blood will be needed every year.
What happens to the blood I donate?
Your donation goes a long way. After blood is collected, it goes through stringent testing at the laboratories of the Health Sciences Authority to check for various diseases and blood typing.
It also gets separated into the three components — red blood cells, platelets, and plasma — for storage and distribution to hospitals.
But World Blood Donor Day was last week
It doesn’t matter. Singapore Red Cross collects blood donations throughout the year to be able to meet the transfusion needs of patients. You can make a blood donation at any blood bank across Singapore or at a community blood donation drive near you.
How do I find out more?
Check out Singapore Red Cross to become a blood hero.
Have a watch of the video below too to see the journey that your blood will take from your vein to another's.